Thomas Tuchel enjoyed his first European night with Chelsea, the Blues winning 1-0 against Atletico Madrid thanks to a splendid goal from Olivier Giroud.
Chelsea struck a blow for the European baptism of Thomas Tuchel with the Blues. Traveling to Bucharest to face a formation of theAtletico Madrid, determined to leave the game to his opponent to better punish him against, the Londoners indeed won 1-0, taking an option on qualifying for the quarter-finals before the second leg, in three weeks at Stamford Bridge.
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And if the Blues came to win in Romania, they owe it to Olivier Giroud, the only scorer of the meeting on a magnificent acrobatic return. An exceptional goal crowned an equally remarkable collective performance, in the eyes of the German technician. “It’s a fantastic result and a fantastic goal, he confided to the microphone of BT Sports at the end of the meeting. We deserved it. It took a lot of concentration from us because we had to play in the opposing half of the field. We shouldn’t lose concentration, pay attention to the precision of our passes and make no mistakes. It was the challenge. “
The challenge was taken up and the former Parisian coach could only salute the seriousness of his troops. “We put in a very disciplined performance, but we’re only at half-time. We wanted to be brave and play in the opposing half of the field, but we knew they were ready to suffer, with sometimes eight players in their area …, he also stressed. Our intention was to keep a high volume of intensity, which is what we did well. We never let them breathe or throw blocks. And we got a big reward with this result. Breaking through a defense like Atlético’s is one of the toughest challenges. “
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