Tuchel, Giroud 8/10 as Chelsea get stun first-leg triumph versus Atletico Madrid

Chelsea's Champions League round-of-16 match against Atletico Madrid in Bucharest was continually going to be a tight issue, and that is actually how it ended up. 

It was the Blues who figured out how to get the traction in the game, as Olivier Giroud's great overhead kick in the 71st moment was given after a protracted VAR check, with the objective at first precluded for offside. 

They figured out how to see out the game from that point and take a 1-0 bit of leeway - and an away objective - into the subsequent leg. 


Chelsea had the option to get a lot of good ownership of the ball, with Diego Simeone's side dropping profound for enormous periods. Chelsea had the better of the game's odds, and it is a monstrous reward that Giroud figured out how to get on the scoresheet. Notwithstanding Atletico additionally getting half-possibilities, there weren't an excess of clear openings for the home side, and Edouard Mendy was infrequently worked. 

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Chelsea were totally terrible toward the start of the game and might have handily gotten themselves an objective down inside the several minutes. Some portion of this was because of them parting with the ball in risky zones. Finally, Mason Mount and Jorginho will miss the subsequent leg because of appointments got in this game. 

Director rating out of 10 

8 - Thomas Tuchel's dynamic was addressed after he brutally took off Callum Hudson-Odoi in the last game, yet it surely will not be here. The German's side faced an unflinching Atletico Madrid side and showed a lot of order, while additionally stowing the objective that gives them a favorable position heading into the subsequent leg. 

Player evaluations (1-10; 10 = best. Players presented following 70 minutes get no appraising) 

GK Edouard Mendy, 5 - Often looked awkward. Was let off following a helpless touch two minutes in and a portion of his kicking wasn't the awesome. His shot-halting wasn't tried excessively. 

DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 8 - Stepped up out of the backline well when Chelsea had the ball or when he needed to follow a home assailant dropping profound. Worked really hard of keeping Joao Felix calm. 

DF Andreas Christensen, 7 - Occasionally parted with senseless fouls however was focused and unflinching in his shielding. 

DF Antonio Rudiger, 8 - Played some great long passes and held his own protectively, making a wonderful square soon after Giroud's objective - despite the fact that he had a panic when Luis Suarez confiscated him from the beginning. Nearly lost his cool with the Uruguayan. 

MF Callum Hudson-Odoi, 7 - Had an intriguing fight with Thomas Lemar, with the pair both doing great in their protective duties. The Londoner likewise offered a danger going ahead. 

MF Jorginho, 6 - Had a lot of smart thoughts with his passing, however the execution was simply off, similar to the case on the events when he attempted to deliver Mount and Hudson-Odoi. Reserved for a foul on Felix. 

MF Mateo Kovacic, 6 - The Croatian put in an aggressive execution and made some great runs forward, yet his dynamic might have been somewhat better at focuses. 

MF Marcos Alonso, 7 - There are inquiries over his protective abilities now and again, however Alonso was splendid in such manner. He got his head onto some abnormal balls and stayed created in 1v1s. Given genuine quality a portion of his intersection. 

FW Mason Mount, 7 - Booked a moment in for a foul on Felix, however kept on having an effect for Chelsea. Connected the play brilliantly at focuses and his engaging prompted Giroud's objective. 

FW Olivier Giroud, 8 - Held the ball up well at focuses yet was constantly encircled at whatever point he had it in a respectable position. Nonetheless, he capitalized on his most obvious opportunity with a great overhead kick. 

FW Timo Werner, 6 - Missed a fair possibility from the beginning, yet was continually appearing for the ball and glanced extremely sharp in a great deal of his play. 


MF Hakim Ziyech, N/R - Replaced Kovacic in the 74th moment and saw his best exertion from range obstructed. 

MF N'Golo Kante, N/R - Replaced Mount in the 74th moment and had the opportunity to work separating Atletico's play right away. 

DF Reece James, N/R - Came on for Hudson-Odoi in the 80th moment and filled in to make it to a greater degree a back five as Chelsea saw out the game. 

MF Kai Havertz, N/R - Provided some smart contacts in his three minutes on the pitch to help Chelsea see out the game. 

MF Christian Pulisic, N/R - The American got a late run-out and was keen in his play, drawing a foul from Lemar.