‘We’ve beaten Chelsea before’

Atletico Madrid director Clemente Villaverde believes that his side won’t be afraid when they come up against Chelsea.

The Rojiblancos have been drawn against the Premier League outfit in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

But the board member is confident his men can repeat the 2012 European Super Cup –where they overcame the west London outfit to lift the trophy.

“We know that it will be hard, but we have beaten Chelsea before,” he told Canal Plus.

“We have hope to pass to the final. We have to work like the other matches and we have to give our supporters the possibility to be in another final.

“We are in the semi-finals and we are so happy. We actually know the hard job that we did to be here, so we have to enjoy it now.”

The 55-year-old also revealed that Thibaut Courtois is free to face his parent club in the last four clash, despite initial reports that the Vicente Calderon team may have had to pay up to €6m for the Belgian goalkeeper to play.

“Courtois can play whatever happens. There is a Uefa regulation which prohibits any agreement between clubs that prevents a player from participating freely in the competition.

“The regulation would have been breached if the player had not been allowed the freedom to participate.”

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