Chelsea beat Atletico de Madrid by 1-0 The first leg of UEFA Champions League round of 16 away fixture at Bucharest. The game took place in Romania for travel restrictions due to the pandemic.
Oliver Giroud scored a super overhead volley to give the away goal in this match. The 34-year-old world cup winner now has scored 6 goals in five appearances for Chelsea in the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid have to score two goals without any reply in the second leg which is away from home to go through to the quarter-final. La Liga sides are having a very poor European campaign this term from UEFA Champions League to UEFA Europa League.
Atletico de Madrid 0-1 Chelsea team news:
Diego Simeone made three changes in the side from their defeat at the weekend against Levante. Stefan Savic came into defence for injured José Giménez. Thomas Lemar and Saul Niguez were in the starting Xl. Luis Suárez led the line for Atlético Madrid.
Thomas Tuchel made four changes in the starting lineup from their draw against Southampton on Saturday. Oliver Giroud started in place of Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi came into the side for Reece James.
Jorginho named in the first Xl and N’Golo Kante had to sit out on the bench. Andreas Christensen started in this vital game for Kurt Zouma.
Atlético de Madrid 0-1 Chelsea Post-match analysis:
Chelsea dominated the possession but could not find any opening in the first half which has been the story so far for the Blues since Tuchel took over. They had a few good moments on the right-hand side.
Simeone’s side got opportunities from two bad defensive mistakes from Chelsea and fortunately, it didn’t cost them anything. Timo Werner created a chance for himself and his shot went straight toward the goalkeeper Jan Oblak who saved it comfortably.
In the second half, Atletico could not create anything in the first leg in this home fixture. They were unable to manage a single on target in the whole game. Chelsea got the crucial away goal from Giroud’s acrobatic overhead kick. The goal was initially disallowed for offside but VAR clearly showed that the ball came to Giroud from a miss clearance by Mario Hermoso and the goal stood.
Diego Simeone made changes after they conceded the goal but the nature of Atletico Madrid’s game remained the same.
Oliver Giroud(CF) – (7/10)(Chelsea): He is always there for his team when he is asked to help. Scored a superb goal to give the lead in the first leg.
César Azpilicueta(RCB) – (7.5/10)(Chelsea): Defensively he was excellent and didn’t put a foot wrong which helped his side to keep yet another clean sheet under Tuchel.
Joao Felix(LW) – (5.5/10)(Atlético de Madrid): He could not be involved in this game and was unable to produce anything significant for his side. In the end, Simeone took him off in the second half.