After a spectacular overhead kick dream hit from Olivier Giroud, coach Thomas Tuchel has the best chances of making it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with Chelsea. In the first real endurance test for Tuchel as coach of the London football club, the Blues won 1-0 (0-0) against Atlético Madrid on Tuesday evening in Bucharest and thus remained undefeated in the eighth game under the former Mainz and Dortmund coach.
Chelsea dominated possession for large parts of the game but struggled to find a breakthrough, particularly in the opening 45 minutes.
Timo Werner has Chelsea’s best chance of the first half. The German spun a defender on the edge of the box and rifled in a powerful effort which Jan Oblak parried away at the near post. It was asking a lot to beat one of the world’s best keepers from there.
Olivier Giroud did manage to beat Oblak with an incredible bicycle kick though, after a lengthy VAR check, giving Chelsea a crucial away goal 20 minutes from time.
What Thomas Tuchel will be pleased with, is how well his side defended – Atletico failed to get a shot on target.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has been given plenty to smile about – but he has warned his stars not to get complacent ahead of their clash with Manchester United.
The Blues put in an impressive display as Olivier Giroud’s overhead kick handed them a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in their Champions League last-16 first leg.
They will return to Premier League action at Stamford Bridge having gone eight games unbeaten so far under their new manager.
But Tuchel says they “cannot get comfortable or get lazy” ahead of a crucial four-game stretch in their top four ambitions.
Tuchel said: “Honestly, we now play Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Leeds but this is good. We cannot get comfortable or get lazy.”
“Fantastic result, fantastic goal. Well deserved,” he told BT Sport.
“We wanted to dominate in the opponents’ half, to never lose concentration, not to do any easy mistakes and always be aware of quick counter-attacks for all their quality
“It was a very disciplined performance – a deserved shut-out. This is the hard work, a team effort – the basis for a big win.
“We knew it [Atletico packing their defence] could happen. We told the guys if it happens maybe it’s our quality and the respect. We wanted to be brave and play in their half.
“We knew they were ready to suffer with eight people in the box. The intention was to keep the intensity high. This is what we did very good. We never let them breathe or come out for counter-attacks. We have a big reward with this result.
“This is one of the toughest challenges to open a defence like Atletico.”