Chelsea football club played host to the Spanish league leaders, Atletico Madrid at the Stamford Bridge in the second-leg of the last 16.
The London club had previously defeated Atletico in Madrid, with a 1 – 0 victory into the return leg at the Bridge tonight.
Recall that Champions League round of 16 had become something of a problem for Chelsea. No matter the opponent, no matter the coach, and no matter the group of players, the Blues continued to fall at the first hurdle of the knockout stage.
In 2015 and 2016, they were dumped out by Paris Saint-Germain. In 2018, it was a Leo Messi-inspired Barcelona that eliminated Chelsea. And last term, eventual champions Bayern Munch exposed every Blues weakness to run out 7-1 winners over two legs.
After the tie against Bayern – the second leg of which was played in August due to the Covid-19 pandemic – Frank Lampard spoke candidly about why Chelsea had been unable to make the Champions League quarter-finals once again.
However, the story changed tonight following a two counter-attacks that resulted in two goal for the London club against the Spanish league leaders.
Chelsea started the game in lighter mood as Atletico in the few minutes into the first 45-minutes of the game before the home team break the deadlock.
Atletico Madrid are out at the last 16 stage, falling to a Chelsea side who scored a great counter attacking goal through Hakim Ziyech in the first half, before putting in a very solid defensive performance in the second to always keep Atletico Madrid at arm’s length.
A late Stefan Savic red card ended Atleti’s comeback attempt prematurely, before Emerson added another in stoppage time for a 3-0 aggregate win. Chelsea are through and Atletico are left to focus on LaLiga Santander and their four-point lead over Barcelona.
That’s all from us here on this live blog, but here is our Chelsea vs Atletico match report and there will be plenty more coverage on MARCA In English over the coming hours.
Thomas Tuchel while reacting to the team’s 2 – 0 victory against the Spanish league leaders said, “I think it is a work in progress, it’s not the norm for Chelsea of the last 15 years.” “We have teams containing prime (Eden) Hazard and (Diego) Costa, teams containing prime (Petr) Cech, (John) Terry, (Didier) Drogba.
“Those teams competed for Premier League titles year on year, and reached Champions League semi-finals and finals. We know that’s not the case now.”