In the first leg of the last 16 Champions League at Arena Nationala, Bucharest, Wed (24/2/2021) early morning WIB, Chelsea appeared dominant from the first minutes despite being a guest team.
Meanwhile, Atletico did wait more and did not want to take the initiative to attack. Therefore Chelsea play patiently to find opportunities for scoring opportunities.
Until finally the wait materialized in the 68th minute. Chelsea’s attack from the left side forced Mario Hermoso to make a blunder when he was about to throw the ball and fell in the shooting line of Olivier Giroud who broke through Atletico’s net with an overhead kick.
Atletico could not reply to that goal until the match ended, even though he had played more attacking. Chelsea’s defense is really solid because it doesn’t let Luis Suarez or Joao Felix run rampant.
Chelsea still won 1-0 while pocketing a neat capital for the second leg on March 17. Tuchel as the manager was very satisfied because he was able to get past the Atletico battle which was tough and hard to beat.
“Fantastic result, fantastic goal. We deserved it. We want to dominate in the opposing area, not lose concentration, don’t make elementary mistakes and always be on the lookout for counter attacks because of the quality of the team. Very disciplined performance – a deserved result. This is work. hard team, team effort – big capital, “said Tuchel on the official website UEFA.
“We never let them breathe or counter attack. We got a big prize because of this result. The tough challenge is to dismantle the defense of a team like Atletico,” he continued.