News – EN – Tops / Flops Atlético-Chelsea: Giroud’s gem, Simeone’s tactical choice


Sevan Yessayan

Updated 02/24/2021 at 12:47 am –
Posted on 02/24/2021 12:04 AM

The tops and flops after Chelsea’s victory against Atlético Madrid this Tuesday in Bucharest in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League (0-1)

Tuchel’s tactics paid off Thomas Tuchel didn’t shake for his first real test at the head of Chelsea And the 3-4-3 tactical scheme established since his debut on the Blues bench has met expectations Kovacic-Jorginho pair in midfield gave satisfaction, Timo Werner proved to be the main threat on Oblak’s goal and Olivier Giroud perfectly justified the confidence placed in him (see elsewhere) This perfect mix of tactics and technique for Tuchel was characterized by the Blues’ possession of the ball on Tuesday night, 60% at the end of this meeting. The ball monopoly climbed to 70% by the end of the first period! While the first act was too messy, Chelsea were solid and consistent in the second half to gain the advantage without ever losing it Eighth unbeaten game for Tuchel

Giroud, the lightning in the Romanian night The wait was long, almost three minutes and the joy of all Blues players testified to the importance of the exceptional goal scored by French striker Olivier Giroud As he started the action with a header to midfield, the French international’s acrobatic kicker crucified Oblak and Atlético Madrid at the finish The Blues’ first (and only) real opportunity was the right one Olivier Giroud continues his excellent run in the Champions League with a fifth goal in six games, or one goal every 38 minutes Efficiency

Returning jackets, Giroud is used to Tonight he turned his whole body over to score a splendid goal against Atlético We let you feast on slow motion

Thomas Lemar active on his left side Thomas Lemar is one of the meager satisfaction on the Atlético side The French international sacrificed himself on his left side to repel the London attacks, while redoubling his efforts to be dangerous offensively As evidenced by his activity, the Frenchman traveled 5.1 kilometers in the first act He could have opened the scoring in the 15th minute on the Colchoneros’ only real clear opportunity, on a good cross from teammate Luis Suarez, but he did not straighten his ball enough to conclude the action

An unspectacular match Not a lot of space, few opportunities to eat, this match did not really look like a knockout round of the Champions League first leg between two nationally competitive teams Atlético Madrid returned to defensive basics, simply refusing play (see elsewhere), while Chelsea struggled to get around this solid and compact block It took an individual feat from Olivier Giroud to score the only goal of the game

Simeone’s defensive choice Maintain an attacking game that has been enjoyed so much since the start of the season and has allowed the Colchoneros to lead the La Liga on their own or return to a more defensive and compact game? Diego Simeone opted for the second option against Chelsea A choice anything but paying given the difficulties of his team to create opportunities, so much the teammates of Luis Suarez suffered in the game Six shots for zero on target: this statistic is indicative of the Colchoneros’ offensive poverty in one of the most important games of their season

A harmless Suarez-Felix duo Luis Suarez still does not want in the Champions League The Uruguayan center-forward has still not scored a goal this season on the European stage A paradox when we know that he sits at the top of the scorers’ classification in La Liga with 16 goals Blame it on a game plan where the Madrid striker only defended, alongside his partner Joao Felix An effective first defensive curtain at the start of the game which gradually faded, due to the efforts not being used for much The two main threats of the Colchoneros have not found a way to make themselves dangerous As the Portugal international was substituted in the 82nd minute, Luis Suarez ended the game uninspired, apart from a slight altercation with Blues defender Rudiger

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News – FR – Tops / Flops Atlético-Chelsea: Giroud’s jewel, Simeone’s tactical choice