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Atlético Madrid defender Filipe Luís expects open second leg against Chelsea but rues the loss of captain Gabi

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Defender Filipe Luís expects the second leg of Atlético Madrid’s Champions League semi-final against Chelsea to be more open.

The first leg, which finished 0-0 at the Vicente Calderón, was a tense affair, but Filipe insists Atlético will not sit back at Stamford Bridge.

“The return leg is completely open,” he told UEFA.com. “We will look to try to score there, all the while being sensible. 

“We know it can still go either way but they are playing at home and are very strong [at Stamford Bridge].”

If Atlético are to make it through to the final, they will have to do so without captain Gabi, who is suspended. Filipe admits the midfielder will be missed, but believes other players can help cover for his loss.

“[Gabi’s suspension for the second match] represents an important loss to us, especially as he is our captain,” the Brazil international continued. “We will try to cover that loss as best as we can.“


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