Closing rating: Membership Atlético de Madrid 0-1 Chelsea
90+6 minutes: A number of throw-ins and one other free kick later, it’s throughout! It wasn’t constantly thrilling, nevertheless it was a convincing Chelsea efficiency and a deserved victory.
90+1 minutes: There might be six minutes of stoppage time, half of them earned by the goal-based VAR delay.
90 minutes: Lemar has the ball on the correct for Atleti, however Chelsea shut down not solely him however all his ahead choices, and he’s pressured to show again.
86 minutes: But extra substitutional motion, although as when Atletico made a triple change a couple of minutes in the past the director has solely proven us one in every of them: Kai Havertz replaces Olivier Giroud. Oh, and Pulisic for Werner
85 minutes: Atleti have additionally introduced Vitolo and Lucas Torreira on, and brought Saul Niguez and Hermoso.
83 minutes: Werner is performed in on the correct, however is a lot quicker than his teammates that there are not any passing choices for him when he arrives within the penalty space, so he simply lashes a shot goalwards from an unpromising angle, and Oblak ideas it extensive.
82 minutes: Moussa Dembele comes on for Correa, and Renan Lodi for Joao Felix.
78 minutes: An excellent probability for Chelsea to make an awesome probability, however a succession of passes aren’t fairly proper and pressure their recipients to move up potential capturing possibilities, and all of it ends with Hudson-Odoi crossing to no one from the correct.
76 minutes: Correa has a snap-shot from the sting of the world that hits a defender. It’s fascinating primarily as a result of Correa hasn’t spent a lot time on the sting of the world till now, suggesting Atleti need an equaliser tonight.
74 minutes: A double change for Chelsea, who convey Ziyech and Kante on and take Kovacic and Mount off.
73 minutes: On first viewing it actually did appear like Mount received the contact, making Giroud a few yards offside. The linesman actually can’t be blamed for his flag-waving.
GOAL! Atletico Madrid 0-1 Chelsea (Giroud, 67 minutes)
It’s an precise aim! The ball is available in from the left, spins up off a mix of Mount and Hermoso – solely off Hermoso, it transpires – and drops to Giroud, whose overhead despatched the ball previous Oblak and simply contained in the publish!
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67 minutes: Giroud has the ball within the internet! However the flag is up: he was offside earlier than the ball got here by means of to him, and there might need been a handball within the build-up as nicely. Nonetheless, a wonderful if finally nugatory overhead end.
64 minutes: Jorginho journeys Joao Felix, is booked, and turns into the second participant to overlook the second leg on account of fouling the Portuguese tyro.
62 minutes: Llorente, simply contained in the Chelsea half, kicks the ball into Werner and rugby tackles him fairly than let the ahead chase the rebound into an empty Atletico half. It was essentially the most skilled of fouls, and 20 yards nearer to aim would certainly have led to a crimson card, however at that distance it’s solely yellow.
58 minutes: Atletico break down the left, Lemar’s cross is partically cleared and Joao Felix sends a bicycle kick nicely over the bar.
57 minutes: The ball breaks to Suarez inside the world, however there’s a defender blocking his path to aim and he shoots anyway. The ensuing nook is cleared. Atleti appear to have reduce out the straightforward path to the correct flank for Chelsea since half-time, and because of this the central midfielders are simply taking part in the ball amongst themselves with little apparent thought about what to do subsequent.
55 minutes: Alonso crosses from the left, Savic heads clear, and Giroud has his head in his palms once more.
53 minutes: Practically an opportunity for Chelsea, however Werner can’t pick Giroud along with his centre from the left, leaving the Frechman along with his head in his palms as Atleti clear the ball.
48 minutes: Suarez reverse-kicks Azpilicueta and goes down, successful a free kick. Then Hudson-Odoi challenges him, and down he goes once more, with the identical outcome.
Chelsea have performed fairly nicely up to now, with Alonso placing in just a few good crosses from the left, Hudson-Odoi and Mount combining nicely on the correct with out fairly producing the killer ball, and the defence, early Mendy-related scare apart, wanting fairly sturdy.
“Absolutely Chelsea might have worn their first package, there’s not a lot of a conflict,” sniffs Julian Menz. “I get the kit-marketing side, however that strip is so terrible no-one goes to purchase it anyway. My expensive departed dad had pyjamas like that.”
Half time: Membership Atlético de Madrid 0-Zero Chelsea
45+2 minutes: Half of the time has been performed, and not one of the objectives have been scored.
45+1 minutes: Simply the one minute of stoppage time is to be performed on the finish of the primary half.
45 minutes: Good work by Mount and Hudson-Odoi on the correct, however Mount takes one contact too many earlier than crossing, and hits a defender.
43 minutes: Giroud can’t convey down an extended move into the Atletico penalty space, and insists a defender dealt with the ball in stopping him. The VAR spends 0.eight seconds watching replays earlier than dismissing his enchantment. In the meantime in tonight’s different sport, it’s now 0-3.
41 minutes: One other first rate break from Chelsea, which ends with Alonso lifting a ball from the left to Mount, extensive of aim on the correct, whose tried cushion-volleyed cross again in is all mistaken. Aim kick.
39 minutes: Werner spins into area behind Savic and from nicely extensive of aim and an acute angle lashes a shot goalwards, nevertheless it’s straight at Oblak’s head and he will get his palms up in time to save lots of his face a little bit of ache.
37 minutes: Jorginho tries to raise the ball over Atletico’s defence to Hudson-Odoi, nevertheless it’s simplyoverlong. He must preserve taking part in the very same move (nicely, perhaps only a fraction much less sturdy), as a result of there’s promise there.
34 minutes: Koke will get a little bit of therapy after taking an arm to the facet of the top from Alonso as each compete for a excessive ball.
32 minutes: In the meantime in tonight’s different sport, the younger English/German (delete as acceptable) ace Jamal Musiala has made it Lazio 0-2 Bayern Munich.
26 minutes: A pleasant transfer from Chelsea sees Kovacic give the ball to Alonso, in area on the left, and his cross is met by a diving Giroud, whose header flies straight right into a defender.
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25 minutes: Alonso’s low 20-yarder is saved by Oblak. It’s the night time’s first shot on track, however the keeper is just not critically troubled.
23 minutes: Lemar takes a poor contact in his personal half and almost offers the ball away to Mount, however he manages to run into the Chelsea participant and win a free-kick as an alternative.
20 minutes: Werner wins a nook, and Chelsea attempt a pre-worked routine that appears good till Jorginho overhits his move to Mount.
17 minutes: Werner performs a one-two with Giroud and tumbles within the penalty space, however the referee doesn’t assume it’s a penalty. Play continues whereas VAR takes a glance.
15 minutes: Comparable probability for Chelsea! Hudson-Odoi and Mount mix on the correct, and the latter’s low cross zips previous Werner forward of the close to publish and all the way in which throughout aim!
14 minutes: Likelihood for Atletico! Suarez will get in down the correct, cuts in, bisects the six-yard field with a low centre, and it runs simply too far forward of Lemar with the aim gaping, and he studs it extensive!
12 minutes: Hudson-Odoi on the correct has been essentially the most out there choice when Chelsea have attacked, with passes out there to him over and past the backtracking Lemar, however he has but to do something with the scrap of attacking area he’s been afforded.
10 minutes: In addition they have 4 gamers within the field, and three providing nearer help, when Lemar has the ball on the correct, so are basically planning on most gamers being each within the defence and within the assault.
6 minutes: Atletico are taking part in with a flat again six when Chelsea have the ball, with Lemar and Correa dropping again to assist out basically as full-backs.
Three minutes: Practically a giveaway aim for Atletico! Chelsea attempt to play the ball round in defence, nevertheless it’s handed somewhat closely to Mendy, whose first contact is appalling and sends it rolling in the direction of Saul Niguez for a tap-in! He’s saved as a result of his first contact is so dangerous that Saul can’t management it, and as an alternative is pressured extensive.
2 minutes: A really early reserving for Mason Mount, who leans into Joao Felix contained in the centre circle, bringing him down. He’ll due to this fact miss the second leg (Kovacic and Jorginho are additionally a reserving away from a suspension).
1 min: Peeeeeeep! Chelsea, the “guests”, get the sport below method.
They’re now having fun with the Champions League anthem, as certainly are all of us (until you’re following the sport solely on the weblog, through which case the usage of your creativeness is required).
The gamers are gathering within the lobby space, having fun with the moments earlier than they arrive out to benefit from the moments earlier than kick-off.
Thomas Tuchel on the early days of his time at Chelsea: “It’s like an orchestra, the place you study a brand new tune and it turns into a behavior to play it, however on the way in which there’s a lack of timing and a bit an absence of rhythm.”
Although in the event you’ve nonetheless received a minute you may try these fantastic if utterly irrelevant to the topic at hand images of 1960s Edinburgh:
Lastly, Sid Lowe’s interview with Filipe Luis, who performed for each of tonight’s groups, albeit fairly extra for one than the opposite:
Extra pre-match studying, Jacob Steinberg now on Thomas Tuchel’s spluttering strikers:
Right here’s Josué Seixas on Felipe, who begins his 20th sport of the season this night:
The group sheets have been submitted, and the names upon them had been these:
Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Llorente, Koke, Lemar, Saul, Correa, Joao Felix, Suarez. Subs: Grbic, Kondogbia, Torreira, Renan Lodi, Dembele, Vitolo, Camello, Garcia, Sanchez, San Roman.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Werner, Giroud. Subs: Arrizabalaga, Kante, Abraham, Pulisic, Caballero, Zouma, Chilwell, Ziyech, Gilmour, James, Havertz, Emerson Palmieri.
Referee: Felix Brych.
For those who’re solely pretty much as good as your final sport Chelsea are in luck, as a result of Atletico misplaced 2-Zero to Levante on the weekend. In each different method, although, they’re in for a really robust night time. “It’s clear what you get once you play Atlético: preventing, expertise and a group with a robust mentality,” says Tommy Tuchel. Certain, the sport’s relocation to Bucharest is kind of useful, besides this isn’t a simple task – for both group. “Take my phrase for it: it’s not straightforward to play for Cholo,” Filipe Luis stated of Diego Simeone to Sid Lowe this week. “He has zero sentimentality. None. He decides what he has to resolve to win.” As for Simeone, he referred to as Tuchel a “nice coach who all the time makes his groups play nicely, wherever he goes”, and added that he “involves a membership that could be very sturdy economically”, which might both be a bland assertion of reality or a little bit of a dig on the supply of their wealth and subsequent success relying on the way you have a look at it, however I’m going with the latter.
Atletico have just a few injury-enforced absentees, together with Jose Gimenez and Yannick Carrasco, whereas Chelsea have left Thiago Silva at house, however any match with Luis Suarez, Joao Felix, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech on its checklist of doubtless contributors is a match I wish to be watching.
Earlier than we get the prospect to do this, although, right here’s a primary instalment of pre-match studying, with extra to return: