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Chelsea won against Atlético Madrid 1-0 in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League. Although disputed on neutral ground due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this success counts as an away victory for the Blues. In the other game of the evening, Bayern Munich chewed on SS Lazio.

Atlético locked the match but Atlético ended up breaking down. Forced to play their home match on neutral ground, Diego Simeone’s team lost 1-0 on Tuesday 23 February against Chelsea, who took an option for qualification in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. In the other game of the evening, Bayern Munich pulverized Lazio Rome.

In Bucharest, on the neutral ground where the meeting is taking place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chelsea misses the start of the match. Mont made a stupid mistake on Lemar which earned him a yellow card which deprived him of the second leg. Then, Azpilicueta put his goalkeeper Édouard Mendy in difficulty, which failed to benefit Suárez (3rd).

3.4.3 with a block very adopted by Diego Simeone puts Chelsea in difficulty. The Colchoneros press high and throw themselves quickly. Suárez gets a ball when entering the box and Lance Joao Felix on the left. The Portuguese sent a cross to the far post, narrowly headed by Rudiger (8th).

Werner in sight

On another recovered ball, Suárez manages to transmit a low cross in front of Chelsea’s goal. Lemar, at the far post, narrowly misses his recovery which ends in the small outside net (14th). Before the shepherd’s response to the shepherdess: a similar action is launched in the other half of the pitch, and this time it’s Werner who is very close to catching the ball at the far post for Chelsea (15th).

An opportunity that has the merit of putting the “Blues” back in their game. Thomas Tuchel’s men take possession of the game and settle in the Madrid half of the field. A domination that however is slow to materialize, the Londoners struggling to destabilize the defense line of Atlético, locked by six players during the defensive phases.

The young Timo Werner is particularly in sight. Off center to the left, the German made the difference before continuing with a powerful strike at the near post. Oblak imposes a reflex parade (38th).

Returning from the locker room, Chelsea continues to storm the fortress built by Diego Simeone. After a number from Mount in midfield, he passes on to Werner left side. He sends a low center to the penalty spot where Felipe intervenes in extremis (52nd).

Giroud registers a return

It was not until the 66th minute to see the opening of the scoring. It is spectacular and it is signed by the French Olivier Giroud. At the penalty spot, he scores a splendid acrobatic return. First refused by the referee on the grounds of an offside, the goal is finally validated by the VAR because it is a Madrilenian who sends the ball towards the French striker.

Despite a triple change made by Simeone with the entry of Lodi, Torreira and Moussa Dembélé in place of Saul, Joao Felix and Correa, Atlético does not manage to reverse the course of the game or to put in difficulty Édouard Mendy who will have had little to do in this round of 16.

Thomas Tuchel can savor. After leading PSG to the Champions League final last summer, his team appeared very solid tonight against the leader of La Liga. It remains to be confirmed on March 17 at Stamford Bridge while taking advantage of this victory in Bucharest, counting as an away victory. Diego Simeone will have to find the keys to reverse the situation.


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