Olivier Giroud masterclass hurts defensive Atletico Madrid as Chelsea pick up crucial away win in the Champions League Round of 16
|OG before IG! Olivier Giroud improvised smartly to hand Chelsea a big second leg advantage against Atletico. (Photo credit: Getty Images)|
Whichever side of football philosophy you’re on, you can’t be proud of the football Satanism that the likes of Jose Mourinho and Diego Simeone bring to party, you can’t.
A sensational overhead goal from Olivier Giroud helped Chelsea to a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in their Champions League round of 16 first leg in Bucharest on Tuesday night but the supposed home side offered zero ambition and didn't even have a single shot on target as they defended until they conceded.
"We knew they were ready to suffer with eight people in the box. The intention was to keep the intensity high and we did that very well. We never let them breathe or come out for counter-attacks," Tuchel said after the match.
Both Mount and Jorginho were shown yellow cards in the match and will be unavailable for Chelsea in the return leg due to card accumulation.
Deprived of the usual raucous atmosphere they would normally expect for a European knockout game at the Wanda Metropolitano and forced to take a four-hour flight to the game, there was little sense of them having home advantage.