Chelsea was over the moon as they beat Atletico Madrid by two-nil on March 18th, 2021. During the game, Hakim Ziyech and Emerson scored the crucial goals that won the game for Thomas Tuchel. Diego Simeone acknowledged the Blues prowess in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg fixture.
Chelsea went into the game at Stamford Bridge with a vital away goal advantage scored by Olivier Giroud on February 24th, 2021. The game started with both sides asserting their dominance. Tuchel then used his expertise from the Bundesliga to play a high-press game, and it guided his team to a comfortable win. During the match, Simeone struggled to impact as he has a weakness against the German style of play.
Match report 🗞️
All the talking points (and there's a fair few) as we rise to the challenge over two legs and deservedly book a #UCL quarter-final spot 😎
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 17, 2021
Following the game, ‘El Cholo’ expressed his respect for Chelsea after the Premier League giant’s dominance. In an interview on March 18th, 2021, the argentine said, “when you have played against the better team and lose the match, you should respect their control of the game. Atletico struggled in the Champions League this season and this result was expected to be so. Our overall campaign was tough and we have to improve to do better and forget about the loss and focus on our game in La Liga next.”
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Path to Champions League glory possible for Tuchel?
Tuchel was aware that his side’s progression to the Quarter-Finals means the entry of more formidable opponents. He said, “the super eight will offer a bigger challenge for us, and we need to be ready for that.”
Chelsea was in a complex group with Sevilla and Rennes as their main rivals; however, they overcame that. They went on an unbeaten run in the group stage by recording four wins and two draws. Following their progression from the group, Atletico was to be their next match-up. The Lions from Stamford Bridge dispatched their Spanish opponents with ease. Thus they are ready for the chance at a second Champions League trophy.
Chelsea faces a nothing-to-lose Sheffield United side in the FA Cup
Chelsea will face Sheffield United next in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals on March 21st, 2021. The Blues have met the Blades on four previous occasions after their promotion to the Premier League. Chelsea has recorded two wins, one draw and one loss against Sheffield. The record would state a piece of positive news for the Chelsea fans as Chelsea has a chance at a domestic cup this season.
However, The Blades find themselves in a tough spot in the Premier League. This could cause issues for the Blues in winning the cup, as Sheffield will want to win at least one trophy in a season for the Blades fans to celebrate it.
Therefore Chelsea will have to bring their A-game to win the cup and keep the Blades from cutting them too deeply at Stamford Bridge.
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