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Atletico Madrid reached the Champions League final for the first time in their history after managing a 3-1 aggregate win over Chelsea in the semifinals of the competition. After a 0-0 draw from the first leg at the Vicente Calderon, the Spaniards managed a wonderful 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

This defeat on the home patch was the second consecutive for Chelsea, but it had huge consequences, as they were knocked out of the competition. Diego Simeone has been receiving glowing praise in the last few months for the way he has transformed Atletico from a minor team in the Spanish league into one of the top teams.

They have not only been performing well in the Champions League, but they have also been top of the Spanish league table since the start of the season. They have been able to put behind the threat from Barcelona and Real Madrid to be in a position where they can win the league if they win the next two matches. They are tipped to win the title according to the tipsters at the germany portugal odds website.

For now, Simeone will be revelling in the fact that his team will be taking part in the Champions League final – one of the finest club competitions in the world. The manager was extremely delighted that his team got this victory against the 2012 champions.

"We did everything within our power to get through to the final and we deserve to be there, as do Real Madrid. Fernando Torres got the opener but we knew that one of our goals would count for double and so we had to fight to score it. We had to work so hard in order to find ourselves playing the type of game that suited us, which came from the second goal onwards. Tonight was the result of a big collective effort. We generated that possibility of us reaching a beautiful final," said Simeone.