Chelsea can take confidence from 2012 triumph ahead of Champions League second-leg against Atletico Madrid, says Gary Cahill

The Blues drew 0-0 in the Spanish capital, but lost both Petr Cech and John Terry

Gary Cahill believes Chelsea can take belief from previously triumphing in adversity as Jose Mourinho's men bid to advance to the Champions League final.

Chelsea, who drew 0-0 at Atletico Madrid in Tuesday night's semi-final first leg, were without suspended captain John Terry and his fellow defender Branislav Ivanovic in winning the 2012 European Cup for the first time in Munich.

Terry may feature if the Blues reach the May 24 final in Lisbon, but an ankle injury rules him out of next Wednesday's second leg with Atletico, while goalkeeper Petr Cech (dislocated shoulder) is out for the season and Frank Lampard and his fellow midfielder John Obi Mikel are banned for the return.

It leaves Mourinho's options limited and the Portuguese is considering fielding a weakened team at Anfield in a move which could see the title surrendered to Liverpool and anger third-placed Manchester City, who could overhaul Liverpool if Chelsea win and they win their game in-hand.

With the Blues five points adrift of Liverpool with three games to play, Mourinho wishes to prioritise the Champions League and Cahill is determined to advance to a third European final in three years.

"It is a huge blow to lose so many players," said Cahill, who was part of the Champions League and Europa League-winning teams in successive seasons.

"We look back at how we coped with a similar situation on the way to winning it in 2012 and it gives us confidence.

"It's never ideal to lose players but we have the squad to cope with it.

"I'm sure the manager would prefer to have every single player fit and healthy for selection but that's not going to be the case.

"We seem to be able to grind out results when we need to in this competition.

"We're really, really close to the final now, we have one more game at home and have to give it every single thing we've got.

"Then we have a good few weeks to get some of the players back but we can't think too far ahead.

"We have one huge game to go, we have to focus and give everything next week."

There are similarities, but also a notable contrast to Chelsea's European Cup-winning season.

Two years ago the Blues were out of domestic contention - they finished sixth - but now they are in the title hunt, albeit with a slim chance of the trophy after last Saturday's loss to Sunderland, the disciplinary fallout of which is ongoing.

Mourinho plans to consult the club hierarchy, including owner Roman Abramovich, before determining his team selection at Anfield, but his personal view is that an alternative team is required as the second leg with Atletico is now the priority.

The Portuguese is angered by the refusal of the football authorities to move the Premier League contest forward to allow his side more time to prepare for the second leg and that may come into his thinking.

The Premier League regulation that forbade clubs from fielding under-strength teams - something Blackpool fell foul of in 2011 - no longer exists, but the integrity of the competition is at stake.

Chelsea are unlikely to field a starting XI of academy players as Lampard, Mikel, Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah - both ineligible in Europe - are likely to feature against Liverpool, while Ivanovic is available following suspension to reinforce the side against Atletico.

Mark Schwarzer is poised to deputise for Cech after Chelsea fielded three goalkeepers in the same game on Tuesday night, with Thibaut Courtois in the opposing net on his third successive season on loan at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Schwarzer has twice lost European finals - for Middlesbrough in 2006 and Fulham four years later - and is eager for action.

"I'm ready to play," the 41-year-old told Chelsea TV.

"Throughout the whole season I've tried to prepare in the warm-up as if I was playing.

"I try to be ready mentally and prepare as best as I can. On the bench I'm ready, so I don't have to do anything other than take my tracksuit off.

"I really enjoyed it and it was one of those nights where everything went well and I did come off the pitch very satisfied with the way the game went."

PA

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Money
Welcome to tinsel town: retailers such as Selfridges will be Santa's little helpers this Christmas, working hard to persuade shoppers to stock up on gifts
news
News
i100
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Architect Frank Gehry is regarded by many as the most important architect of the modern era
arts + entsGehry has declared that 98 per cent of modern architecture is "s**t"
Arts and Entertainment
Soul singer Sam Smith cleared up at the Mobo awards this week
arts + entsSam Smith’s Mobo triumph is just the latest example of a trend
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker