Chelsea surprised Atletico Madrid last night as they beat Atletico Madrid by 1-0 in UEFA Champions League’s tie last night. Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud’s 68th minute is the difference between the two sides. The French striker scored a sensational ‘Bi-Cycle’ kick goal last night.
Atletico Madrid was not in a good form recently. The drew one and lost one against Levante last week in La Liga. Real Madrid took the opportunity and closes the gap to just 3 points. It also gave the hope towards FC Barcelona and Sevilla in the title race.
However, due to covid-19 regulations, Atletico Madrid was forced to play their home leg in a neutral venue against Chelsea. Both teams went with the strongest XI they had. In 68th minute, the French striker broke the deadlock to seal the ictory for the English side.
Atletico Madrid were not in their best yesterday . The Rojiblancos failed to register a single a shot on target last night. After the match, Atletico boss Diego Simeone was asked about whether there is any chance of a comeback in the second leg. In responce, the Argentine said, “Looking three weeks ahead is too far.”
“We have a lot of games until then. We’ll be playing against an opponent with speed and will need to be able to stop it, to deal with forwards like Giroud and other powerful players.”
“We need to have more of the ball and position ourselves better in attack. We’ll work on it, but we also have an important game against Villarreal. Work, work, work. I trust the team we have. If we were in the month of September and they told me we’ve lost but we’re still leading, I’d sign for it.”- he added.
The second leg of the tie is on 17th of March. Chelsea will miss two of their key players, Mason Mount and Jorginho, as both of them are out with yellow card suspension in the second leg. It will be tough fight for both the teams to cement their place in the last 8 of the competition.