Chelsea won (2-0) against Atlético de Madrid in the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League on Wednesday March 17. Strong and efficient, the Blues qualified for the quarterfinals of the competition with a cumulative score of 3-0. A first for seven years.
Chelsea did the job. The Blues return to the quarter-finals of the most prestigious of European competitions seven years after being eliminated in the semi-finals by Atlético de Madrid. On Wednesday March 17, the Londoners were able to take their revenge on the Madrilenians thanks to a goal from Hakim Ziyech in the 34th minute. The midfielder who arrived from Ajax Amsterdam in July 2020 was able to be decisive in front of the goal after a counter launched by Kai Havertz. The Moroccan player scores for the first time at Stamford Bridge and finds the net after his last achievement, on October 31, 2020 against Burnley. Emerson doubled the stake in stoppage time on an unstoppable cross strike for Jan Oblak (94th).
Once again the Blues have shown their defensive strength. Well in place, Thomas Tuchel’s players have shown a good technical quality allowing them to quickly recover the ball and to keep it against the Madrilenians much too imprecise on the offensive plan. The German tactician who arrived last January seems to have found the right pattern. Unbeaten for thirteen games now, with nine wins and four draws, the Blues have conceded only two goals in all competitions.
And when the Madrilenians managed to pass the blue wall, they found themselves in front of London goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Well in shape, he stopped the little hope that Diego Simeone’s men could have. The 29-year-old captured the Colchoneros’ four shots on target, like this beautiful strike from Joao Felix (76th). Arrived in September 2020 at Chelsea for 24 million euros, the Senegalese international continues to chain meetings without conceding a single goal. In total, out of 31 matches played, he recorded 21 cleansheets in all competitions. Impeccable defense and a confident goalkeeper, comprehensive insurance to go far in the Champions League.