Last night in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, a clash of the titans took place. La Liga leaders, Atletico Madrid, took on one of England’s best, Chelsea. The match was sure to be entertaining as both the teams had something to prove and neither would want to get knocked out in such an early round. The London side were the underdogs going into the match as they had a recent change in manager and their performances, although not bad, were not a big improvement over Frank Lampard’s regime. Their draw against Southampton showed us their inability to break down stubborn defences however, Atletico were also going through a rather bad phase in the league and thus the teams looked quite well matched. Here are the three talking points from the game:
#1 Chelsea looked in full control throughout the duration
As we said before, no one expected a one-sided match from this fixture however, the team that dominated throughout the match was definitely Chelsea. The Blues boasted over 60 per cent of possession and registered 677 passes to keep running loops around the Atletico midfield. The Spanish giants on the other hand were too laid back and allowed Chelsea to play their game.
They had only a bit under 400 passes and never looked to threaten the English side. With zero shots registered on target, there is no doubt that Atletico put out one of their worst performances from an attacking perspective. The Spanish side were content on sitting back and defending their goal in numbers, hoping to catch Chelsea in a counter-attack but Chelsea’s back three were strong and firm and would not get caught. It was a very professional display from the Blues and they deservedly got the 1-0 victory.