As we catch our breath from Real Madrid’s dismantling of reigning champs Bayern Munich on Tuesday, we are gearing up for another heavyweight semi-final matchup today between Atlético Madrid and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
In preparation, we are taking a look at the crucial individual battles on the field and what these superstars will be wearing to gain that extra step on each other.
Diego Costa’s fine goal scoring form continues to win him admirers from clubs across Europe. Interestingly, the most admiration seems to be coming from a certain East London club, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho already candidly admitting that he will be on the lookout for a quality striker during the summer.
The Brazilian-born Costa has recently been called into the Spanish National Team as his stock seems to rise with every game he plays in. The 25-year-old adidas f50 wearer will be hoping to add the Champions League Final berth to his impressive list of achievements this year. Brute force and determination is Costa’s game, and he gets an added boost of speed for his efforts with the f50.
England center back Gary Cahill has been a constant in the Chelsea side this season, recently being named to the PFA’s English Premier League Team of the Year. He will be charged with stopping the in-form Atletico front man Costa.
In the mold of a younger John Terry, Cahill is known for being tough in the tackle, a fantastic reader of the game and has the ability to pop up with important goals from set pieces.
Another adidas athlete, Cahill switched from the f50 to the Predator LZ in mid-March and has been enjoying the extra elements of control and and first touch that the boot provides.
A faultless performance today will be crucial if Chelsea wish to join Real Madrid at the May 24 UEFA Champions League in Lisbon.
Which player, Costa or Cahill, do you think will give his team the edge in today’s match? Check back as we also preview Eden Hazard against Juanfran.