Joe Cole believes it will be more beneficial for Chelsea to face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final over Liverpool, as per his comments on BT Sport.

Chelsea progressed to the final four of the competition following a 2-1 aggregate win over Porto.

Last night’s 1-0 loss shouldn’t detract from how dominant Thomas Tuchel’s team were over both legs.

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SEVILLE, SPAIN – APRIL 13: Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea FC and Jorginho of Chelsea FC celebrate following the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Porto at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on April 13, 2021 in Seville, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

They now await to see if they will be facing Real Madrid or Liverpool in the next round.

Madrid have a 3-1 cushion from their opening fixture, but the Reds European pedigree always gives hands them a significant boost.

Whichever heavyweight does stay standing, it will be a difficult test for Chelsea.

Cole insisted he would rather his old club face the La Liga champions over the reigning Premier League victors.

He said: “You’d take Real Madrid in the semi-final over Liverpool. I think Real Madrid have fallen a long way.

“I still believe that Real Madrid is a better option than Liverpool, I hated playing English teams in Europe.”

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MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 06: Mohamed Salah (3rd L) and Roberto Firmino (9) of Liverpool congratulate the players of Real Madrid after the UEFA Champions League quarter final match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in Madrid, Spain on April 06, 2021. (Photo by Senhan Bolelli/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Liverpool and Chelsea have a rich history when facing each other on the grandest footballing stage.

They played each other ten times in the Champions League across a ferocious four-year spell between 2005 and 2009, including an incredible 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge.

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Frank Lampard of Chelsea scores a goal to make it 4-4 (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

Matching up with Madrid is another story. The Blues and Los Blancos have only played each other competitively three times.

Their last meeting was in the 1998 UEFA Super Cup.

Tuchel will certainly relish battling against the minds of Jurgen Klopp or Zinedine Zidane, even if Cole has made his preferred choice pretty clear.

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As much as I think Liverpool would be the easier draw, I have to agree that playing them in Europe is a bad omen.

Losing to them domestically isn’t as bad, because you can bounce back with a result in a few days’ time.

Defeat in a knockout tournament and there’s no going back. And you wouldn’t hear the end of it from Liverpool fans, which is punishment enough.

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