With its German trio in the starting line-up, Chelsea have made it into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in seven years. The team of German team manager Thomas Tuchel also won the second leg against Atletico Madrid 2-0 (1-0) and is now looking forward to the draw for the round of the best eight on Friday at UEFA headquarters in Nyon. Here are the highlights of the game.
The Blues are represented there for the first time since the 2013/2014 season. In the quarter-finals, Tuchel could see one of his ex-teams again. Borussia Dortmund and Paris St. Germain had already qualified for the next round.
“It was a very good performance, we did it very well as a team,” said Tuchel: “We really wanted it, it was deserved.”
On Wednesday Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Antonio Rüdiger were guarantors of success. The opening goal by Hakim Ziyech (34th) was initiated by Havertz and Werner with a remarkable counterattack, Emerson (90th + 4) also scored after a high-speed attack to the final score.
Rüdiger defended against Atletico’s otherwise highly dangerous offensive with Joao Felix and Luis Suarez attentively and without mistakes. In the closing stages, Madrid defender Stefan Savic saw the red card after an elbow strike against Rüdiger (81st).
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Werner’s shot (19th) was just deflected, a little later he shone as an assist. After a corner kick by the guests and a lightning-fast attack via Havertz and Werner, the completely free-standing Ziyech only had to push in the center.
After the break, Chelsea stayed active and pushed for the second goal, Werner (48th, 62nd), Rüdiger (53rd) and Ziyech missed opportunities. Atletico coach Diego Simeone took the inconspicuous Suarez off the field and tried to turn the game around with changes and a system change.
In fact, Madrid now had more possession – but without broadcasting a goal threat. The defense, headed by Rüdiger, and N’Golo Kante as clearer in the defensive midfield still had everything under control.
Chelsea: Mendy – Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rüdiger – James, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso (90th + 4 Chilwell) – Ziyech (77th Pulisic), Havertz (90th + 3 Emerson) – Timo Werner (84th Hudson-Odoi)