Tuchel Masterclass helps Chelsea past Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League (Match Highlights)
|Chelsea players celebrate as Emerson Palmieri scored a breakaway goal to hand Chelsea a 3-0 aggregate win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday|
Stamford Bridge Landlords Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2014 as Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri were on target to give coach Thomas Tuchel's rejuvenated team a 3-0 aggregate win.
The three players involved in the goal had come under pressure after falling short of expectations since they arrived as big-money signings at Stamford Bridge last summer under ousted coach Frank Lampard.
Atletico were left to rue referee Daniele Orsato's decision not to give a penalty when, with the score at 0-0, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta under-hit a back pass and put his arm around Yannick Carrasco who went down in the box.
Coach Diego Simeone hauled off Uruguay striker Luiz Suarez in the 59th minute and replaced him with Angel Correa to little effect as he failed to repeat his feat of 2014 when he masterminded a Champions League semi-final win over the Blues.
"This is another top performance with a deserved win," Tuchel told BT Sport although he conceded he had been a "bit frightened" by the penalty scare.