Thomas Tuchel Chelsea return to the Stamford Bridge with a well-deserved victory against a hard Atletico side with a 0 – 1 Olivier Giroud inspired victory over the Spanish La Liga leader.
Olivier Giround’s 68th minutes stunning bicycle kick was enough to secure the hard fought victory at the Bucharest stadium in Romania. The goal means Giroud is the oldest player to ever score for Chelsea in Champions league.
About Olivier Giroud ‘s Stunner
In a press conference after the night’s encounter Thomas Tuchel was quest about the wonderful goal from Olivier Giroud, and are you proud of him and the team?
Tuchel in his firm response said, “I’m not proud of it because I had nothing to do with it. So it was not my achievement.
I am super happy for my players and the team for such a big reward. We actually can read it on the score line that we have the result against top opponents.
It was very important that we are absolutely concentrated over all 96 minutes.
That we also accept that it’s very hard to create chances, but we did all that and it was a very good team effort.”
Tuchel was further quizzed if he did saved Olivier Giroud against Southampton for today’s game?
He said, “no, it was not [that we saved him for Atletico]. We thought long and hard about putting him in.
You are right, it was clearly a possibility that he starts against Southampton [after scoring versus Newcastle], then we analysed them and they are a very aggressive team and they press and play high up the pitch. So we expected more spaces behind the last line and we wanted more runs from deep.
I had only three changes because in our league it is only possible to have three changes. I wasn’t too happy in my decisions in the game against Southampton.
Maybe we missed the opportunity to bring him on at the end. But then I can say I saved him for today.”
“If you see him on a daily basis, you cannot be surprised. He is totally fit, his body is in shape and his physicality is on top level.
Mentally I have really the feeling he enjoys every day being a professional soccer player on this level and this is the level he needs to be.
He trains like a 20-year-old, like a 24-year-old. He is a guy who has a good mixture of seriousness and joy in training. He is always positive and it is a big factor for the group.
He starts, when he comes from the bench, he has all these qualities and it is good like this,” he said.
Recall Chelsea will be without the duo of Mason Mount and Jorginho ahead of the return leg in March 17.