Chelsea beats Atlético de Madrid 2-0: Chelsea successfully beat Atletico Madrid with a score of 2-0 in the second leg of the 2020/21 Champions League last 16 which was held at Stamford Bridge, Thursday (18/3/2021) early morning 01:30 AM IST.
Two of Chelsea’s winning goals were each created by Hakim Ziyech in the first half and Emerson Palmieri in the final minutes of second half injury time.
Thanks to this result, Chelsea also has the right to qualify for the quarter-finals with a 3-0 aggregate victory after they also won 1-0 in the first leg.
A number of lessons can be learned from Chelsea’s victory over Atletico Madrid. The following is the full review.
The greatness of Thomas Tuchel
Obviously, the main factor why Chelsea was able to beat Atletico twice without conceding at all is because of Thomas Tuchel’s prowess in the coaching chair.
Since being appointed to replace Frank Lampard, until now Tuchel has led Chelsea in 13 matches. Remarkably, the Blues did not experience a single defeat during that period.
Not only that, in this period of 13 unbeaten matches, Tuchel’s Chelsea also conceded just two goals. Tuchel became the coach with the best start in the history of the Blues.
Hakim Ziyech’s Glossy Performance
On the field, Hakim Ziyech was an important factor for Chelsea to beat Atletico. The Moroccan player scored the Blues’ opener in the first half.
Not only that, Ziyech also recorded a long pass accuracy of up to 100 percent, won six duels and made three successful dribbles.
Ziyech also made 71 touches, four of which were inside the opponent’s penalty box. He also sent five crosses.
Solid N’Golo Kante
The best player award from this match goes to N’Golo Kante. This is natural if you see how solid the French midfielder’s performance is in midfield.
Kante has repeatedly succeeded in closing the space for Atletico star Joao Felix. He was recorded as being able to win the ball up to 13 times, the most among other players.
Luis Suarez did not attend Europe
Unlike in La Liga where this season he has scored 16 goals, Luis Suarez seems to have lost his sharpness when competing in European competitions.
This season, Suarez has been unable to break into the opponent’s goal at the Champions League stage, including in the two meetings against Chelsea.
In fact, Suarez has now not scored another goal in an away party in the Champions League since September 2015.
Antonio Rudiger’s Crucial Role
Luis Suarez’s dropping form at Stamford Bridge was due in large part to the good form shown by Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.
Rudiger for 2×45 minutes successfully killed Suarez’s space, let alone make the Uruguayan attacker have shooting space.
After being eliminated from Frank Lampard’s squad, now Rudiger seems to be finding his best again under Tuchel’s polish.