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Match Fact: Chelsea 2 – 0 Athletico Madrid

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Chelsea progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals, beating Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Wednesday to complete a 3-0 aggregate win in the last-16 second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Olivier Giroud’s spectacular overhead kick separated the sides in Bucharest three weeks ago, giving Chelsea a valuable one-goal advantage that was added to by Hakim Ziyech (34) during the opening half.

The Blues extended their record of never having been eliminated from a European knockout tie after winning the first leg away from home to 14 occasions and frustration got the better of Atletico in the closing stages.

Stefan Savic was dismissed for violent conduct (81) after elbowing Antonio Rudiger as Emerson Palmieri came off the bench in stoppage time and scored with his very first touch to complete a professional job by the hosts.

It is the first time Chelsea have reached the Champions League last eight in seven years and they are yet to lose in 13 matches under Thomas Tuchel in all competitions, making this now the longest unbeaten start to a tenure by any manager in the club’s history, overtaking Luiz Felipe Scolari’s 12 games in 2008.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Mendy (7), Azpilicueta (7), Zouma (7), Rudiger (7), James (7), Kovacic (7), Kante (8), Alonso (6), Ziyech (8), Havertz (7), Werner (7).

Subs: Pulisic (n/a), Hudson-Odoi (n/a), Chilwell (n/a), Emerson (n/a).

Atletico Madrid: Oblak (6), Trippier (6), Savic (5), Gimenez (6), Renan Lodi (5), Llorente (6), Koke (6), Saul (6), Carrasco (6), Joao Felix (6), Suarez (5).

Subs: Correa (6), Lemar (6), Dembele (6), Hermoso (5).

Man of the match: N’Golo Kante.

It was only the third time that N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic were paired in the Chelsea midfield under Tuchel, more through necessity perhaps than design given the suspension of Jorginho, but Kante took his chance in his preferred role, protecting Chelsea’s back three.

Atletico were given no chance to build pressure on Mendy’s goal thanks to Kante’s vital contributions, making two interceptions and gaining possession on 13 occasions, more than any other Chelsea player.

Even in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Pulisic played Emerson in for the second, Kante was up in support, rolling back the years. He turns 30 this month, but Tuchel only sees his quality.

“I never know the age of my players, I judge them only by their performance,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to be the coach of him and it’s a big gift for me. He’s so humble and such a help around the pitch. Don’t underestimate his ability to run with quality and play under pressure. He alongside Mateo, they took all the weight on their shoulders and did a fantastic job.”

Chelsea prove too strong for Simeone

Atletico failed to manage a single shot on target in the first leg, but it took them less than four minutes to test Edouard Mendy for the first time on Wednesday, but Renan Lodi’s effort was comfortably gathered.

Chelsea did a good job of nullifying their opponents but were fortunate not to concede a penalty after 23 minutes.

Cesar Azpilicueta intercepted Luis Suarez’s through ball but his backpass to Mendy was under-cooked as the Blues captain subsequently appeared to impede Yannick Carrasco inside the box with an outstretched arm.

Referee Daniele Orsato was unmoved despite the vocal protests while the incident was not referred to VAR Massimiliano Irrati. Chelsea took full advantage of the reprieve 11 minutes later to stretch their lead through Ziyech.

The Morocco forward converted from Timo Werner’s cross, after the Germany star had grafted hard to launch the attack in the first place.

Werner sprinted wide to block Kieran Trippier’s attempted cross after a free-kick, with Kai Havertz latching onto the loose ball and sending it back into Werner’s path.

The former RB Leipzig hitman raced away and kept his cool to feed Ziyech at the far post, who slotted home for his first goal in 20 matches for Chelsea.

Diego Simeone wasted no time in seeking solutions at the interval, hauling off the hapless Lodi, but his replacement Mario Hermoso fared no better against the marauding Reece James. Chelsea had their opponents at arm’s length, defending from the front as Ziyech took James’ pass and saw a curling shot tipped over by Jan Oblak.

Suarez had cut an isolated figure, kept at bay by Rudiger as he was hooked on the hour-mark and replaced by Angel Correa – Simeone’s third change – but it failed to swing the momentum in Atletico’s favour. There were now spaces for Chelsea to exploit on the counter as Werner raced down the left and had Havertz in support but he went solo, firing wide of the angle of post and crossbar.

It wasn’t until the 76th minute that Mendy was drawn into action in the second half as Marcos Llorente found Joao Felix but the shot was parried out, with the impressive N’Golo Kante there to sweep the clearance to safety.

Chelsea managed the clock, but Atletico won a corner as another Felix shot deflected over. Savic went forward from defence and stood on Rudiger. An elbow to the ribs of the German centre-back in sight of referee Orsato brought an immediate red and with it went Atletico’s chances of progressing.

Tuchel looked to his bench in the closing stages and three substitutes were involved in a fitting final flourish as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic combined to feed Emerson, who finished clinically to the left of Oblak.

Chelsea join Manchester City and Liverpool in Friday’s draw meaning three of the last eight are from England; having rolled the dice with a managerial change, you wonder if this could be 2012 all over again for the Blues.

Chelsea end wait for knockout win – Opta stats

  • After a run of four consecutive eliminations when appearing at the last 16 stage in the Champions League, Chelsea have progressed to the competition’s quarter-finals for the first time since 2013/14 under José Mourinho.
  • Chelsea are yet to concede a goal in six home games under Thomas Tuchel in all competitions; indeed, the Blues have kept 11 clean sheets in 13 games under the German, more than any other Premier League club since his first game in charge in January.
  • Chelsea became the first English club to eliminate Atlético Madrid from the knockout stage of a major European competition since Gary Megson’s Bolton Wanderers in the 2007-08 UEFA Cup last 32.
  • Atlético Madrid have now lost more UEFA Champions League games against Chelsea (four) than any other opponent.
  • In all competitions, Timo Werner (10 goals, 7 assists) has been directly involved in more goals this season than any other player for Chelsea.
  • Atlético Madrid defender Stefan Savic received his third UEFA Champions League red card; only Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edgar Davids and Sergio Ramos (all four) have had more in the competition’s history.

 

What’s next?

Chelsea host Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday; kick-off is at 1.30pm. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are at home to Alaves in La Liga at 5.30pm.

 

Champions League key dates

Quarter-finals first legs: April 6/7

Quarter-finals second legs: April 13/14

Semi-finals first legs: April 27/28

Semi-finals second legs: May 4/5

Final: May 29 (Atatürk Olympic Stadium)

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Video Highlights, Full Match Analysis: Chelsea 0 – 1 Arsenal

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Emile Smith Rowe denied Chelsea the chance to cement their top-four status as he took advantage of Jorginho’s howler to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues would have all but secured their Champions League qualification with a victory which would have taken them 10 points clear of Liverpool, who have four games left to play, but after making seven changes ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final, struggled to create clear-cut chances.

Kai Havertz should have put them ahead 10 minutes in when he intercepted Gabriel’s loose pass for Pablo Mari and raced clean through, but then fired over Bernd Leno’s bar with only his compatriot to beat. Moments later Jorginho’s equally poor back-pass was kept out by Kepa Arrizabalaga at full stretch, but Smith Rowe was on hand to bundle home after being teed up by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chelsea were dominant for the large majority of the remaining 75 minutes without forcing Leno into any uncomfortable saves until the final minute. They did beat him through Pulisic’s close-range header from a corner, which was swiftly denied by a VAR review, before the German produced a stunning stop to tip Kurt Zouma’s header onto the crossbar, which was then rattled by Olivier Giroud’s shot on the rebound.

Player Ratings

Chelsea: Kepa (6), James (6), Azpilicueta (6), Silva (6), Zouma (6), Chilwell (5), Jorginho (4), Gilmour (5), Pulisic (5), Mount (6), Havertz (5).

Subs: Hudson-Odoi (6), Giroud (6), Ziyech (5).

Arsenal: Leno (7), Gabriel (6), Mari (7), Holding (6), Tierney (7), Partey (6), Elneny (8), Saka (5), Odegaard (6), Smith Rowe (7), Aubameyang (5).

Subs: Bellerin (6), Lacazette (5), Chambers (6).

Man of the match: Mohamed Elneny

What the managers said…

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports: “We had three days, we are on a good run, we had a good mood. The choices were not so good today from my side for the line-up so that’s on me. We were unlucky, of course. But we did everything today to lose.

“I’m not happy with my line-up. It’s easy to say afterwards. But it was too many changes, I should not have done it like this. It’s something in particular – but I will not tell you!”

 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports: “I don’t know how they’re going to try from the outside but from the inside, nothing is broken.

“They’re going to put things on me that I never said, you can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. You can never doubt their efforts and how much they try.”

Match stats

  1. Arsenal completed their first Premier League double over Chelsea since the 2003-04 season, while this was their first league win at Stamford Bridge since October 2011, ending an eight-game winless run there (D2 L6).
  2. Chelsea suffered only their third defeat in 26 matches in all competitions under Thomas Tuchel (W17 D6), with all three defeats coming at Stamford Bridge.
  3. Arsenal have won three consecutive away Premier League matches without conceding for the first time since May 2013 under Arsène Wenger.
  4. Arsenal have had a different player aged younger than 21 score in each of their last three Premier League matches against Chelsea – Gabriel Martinelli in January 2020, Bukayo Saka in December 2020 and Emile Smith Rowe tonight.

What’s next?

Chelsea are off to Wembley in the FA Cup final on Saturday, where they will face Leicester City; Kick-off at 5.15pm.

Arsenal’s penultimate game of the season is also in London, with a trip to Crystal Palace next Wednesday night; Kick-off at 7pm.

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Video: Match Highlights, Opta Stats, Man City 1- 2 Chelsea

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Chelsea tormented Manchester City once again by delaying their title-winning party and boosting their own top-four hopes with the help of an awful Panenka penalty miss by Sergio Aguero during their 2-1 comeback win at the Etihad on Saturday.

Hakim Ziyech, who had ended City’s Quadruple dreams in a FA Cup semi-final last month, was on target again to cancel out Raheem Sterling’s opener for the much-changed hosts, before Marcos Alonso (90+2) grabbed a deserved stoppage-time winner for the visitors against a side they will meet in the Champions League final on May 29.

A mis-control from Aguero – City’s most-famous title-clincher of all – had allowed Sterling to find the net for the first time in 13 games on 44 minutes but another error from the striker moments later proved far more costly, with his weak spot-kick easily saved.

Chelsea capitalised and had the upper hand throughout the second period, with Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi seeing efforts ruled out for offside after Ziyech’s leveller on 63 minutes, and they leapfrogged Leicester into third place in the Premier League with Alonso’s last-gasp finish from close range.

Chelsea are now six points clear of fifth-placed West Ham in the top-four race, while City – who were aggrieved not to be awarded a late penalty when Sterling was tumbled by Kurt Zouma – could still reclaim the crown this weekend if Manchester United lose at Aston Villa on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

Player Ratings

Man City: Ederson (6), Cancelo (6), Dias (6), Laporte (6), Ake (6), Mendy (5), Rodri (5), Torres (6), Sterling (7), Aguero (4), Jesus (7).

Subs: Gundogan (6), Foden (6), Zinchencko (6)

Chelsea: Mendy (7), Azpilicueta (7), Christensen (4), Rudiger (7), James (8), Kante (7), Gilmour (6), Alonso (8), Ziyech (8), Werner (7), Pulisic (6).

Subs: Zouma (7), Jorginho (6), Hudson-Odoi (7)

Man of the match: Reece James (Chelsea)

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Opta Stats – Chelsea leave it late

  1. Manchester City have dropped eight points from winning positions in home Premier League games this season, last dropping more at home in the competition in 2008-09 (12).
  2. After losing his first three managerial meetings with Pep Guardiola in all competitions, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten in his last four encounters with the Spaniard (W2 D2).
  3. Man City’s Pep Guardiola has lost four home league games this season, twice as many as he’d lost in any other campaign in his managerial career.
  4. Manchester City have lost consecutive Premier League home games thanks to a goal scored in the 90th minute – as many as they had in their previous 235 Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium.
  5. At 91 minutes and 54 seconds, Marcos Alonso’s winner was the latest winning goal scored in an away Premier League game against Manchester City since Paul Scholes for Man Utd in April 2010 (92:41).

What’s next?

Manchester City go to Newcastle at 8pm on Friday, live on Sky Sports, while Chelsea are next in action at home to Arsenal on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports at 8.15pm.

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Match Highlights, Opta Stats, Player Ratings Chelsea vs Real Madrid

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Chelsea set up an all-English Champions League final with Manchester City after beating Real Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the semi-final second leg, going through 3-1 on aggregate.

Timo Werner put Chelsea ahead (28), nodding into the empty net from under the crossbar after Kai Havertz’s chip had hit the woodwork, before Real rode their luck as the hosts missed four big chances to double their lead in the opening 20 minutes of the second period.

The hosts finally got their second to kill off the tie with five minutes remaining as Mason Mount stuck home substitute Christian Pulisic’s centre at close range, capping off a fine display and marking an extraordinary turnaround at the club since Thomas Tuchel joined in January.

Chelsea will now play in their third Champions League final (2008 and 2012) in Istanbul on Saturday May 29, and have set up just the third all-English Champions League final after 2008 (Man Utd-Chelsea) and 2019 (Liverpool-Tottenham) as Manchester City look to complete a treble.

Player ratings:

Chelsea: Mendy (8); Christensen (7), Thiago Silva (7), Rudiger (8), Azpilicueta (7), Kante (8), Jorginho (7), Chilwell (7), Mount (7), Havertz (7), Werner (7)

Subs: Pulisic (7), James (NA), Ziyech (NA), Giroud (NA)

Real Madrid: Courtois (7); Nacho (5), Militao (4), Ramos (6), Mendy (5), Kroos (6), Modric (6), Casemiro (5), Hazard (4), Vinicius Junior (5), Benzema (6)

Subs: Valverde (5), Asensio (5), Rodrygo (NA), Mariano (NA)

Man of the match: N’Golo Kante

Full English: When is the Champions League final?

This year’s final between Chelsea and Manchester City will take place in Istanbul on Saturday May 29.

The Ataturk Olympic Stadium famously staged the 2005 Champions League showdown, when Liverpool came from 3-0 down at half-time to beat AC Milan on penalties.

UEFA has not yet confirmed the kick-off time, but says detailed information regarding the capacity for the match, travel and ticketing details will be communicated publicly by the end of the week.

Opta stats – Watertight Chelsea

  1. Chelsea have kept 18 clean sheets in 24 matches under Thomas Tuchel in all competitions (75 per cent), compared with 26 in 84 games under his predecessor Frank Lampard (31 per cent).
  2. Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has kept eight Champions League clean sheets this season, the most ever by a goalkeeper for an English club in a single season.
  3. Having also led PSG to the 2019/20 Champions League final, Chelsea manager Tuchel is the first manager to reach the European Cup/Champions League final in consecutive seasons with different clubs.
  4. It’s only the eighth time two teams from the same nation will be contesting the final, with Spanish teams also doing so a joint-record three times – 2000 (Real Madrid vs Valencia) and 2014 & 2016 (Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid).
  5. This was only the second time Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has lost a two-legged UEFA Champions League tie in 13 attempts, also losing in the last 16 in 2019-20 against Manchester City.

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What’s next for Chelsea in bid for top four?

Chelsea now go to Man City on Saturday Night Football, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 5.30pm, knowing a City victory will wrap up the Premier League title for Pep Guardiola’s side.

They then host Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday evening, also live on Sky Sports Premier League at 8.15pm.

And what’s next for Real in La Liga title race?

Real Madrid host Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday night at 8pm, currently sitting two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with four games of the season remaining.

 

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