Chelsea cruise into Champions League quarters

March 18, 2021 Sports
Thomas Tuchel said "super hungry" Chelsea have their sights set on achieving the Champions League final after Hakim Ziyech ended his goal drought to inspire a good 2-0 gain against Atletico Madrid in the last-16 second leg on Wednesday.

Morocco forward Ziyech grabbed his first of all target since October to place the hosts ahead in the first half in Stamford Bridge.

Emerson came off the bench to score the late aim that sealed a good comfortable 3-0 aggregate victory more than the lacklustre La Liga leaders.

Adding to Atletico's misery, Stefan Savic was sent off in the closing levels designed for elbowing Antonio Rudiger in the belly.

While Chelsea were the first-class side for long intervals, Atletico could justifiably state they should have had penalty for Cesar Azpilicueta's task on Yannick Carrasco when the score was still 0-0.

Tuchel admitted it might have been a penalty, telling: "Azpi got somewhat frightened because his ball was first short, I was somewhat frightened aswell."

But Atletico boss Diego Simeone added: "We aren't looking for excuses. We were beaten by a much better workforce. We attempted to press them up the discipline, but couldn't attack just how we like."

That was the only main scare for Chelsea because they extended their unbeaten set you back 13 complements since Tuchel replaced the sacked Frank Lampard in January.

Tuchel boasts the longest ever unbeaten begin by a Chelsea boss after moving former Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Revitalised simply by Tuchel, Chelsea have conceded just several goals in his brief reign and are on a operate of 6 consecutive clean bed sheets in all competitions.

"An excellent performance, unbelievable effort. I could feel we totally wanted it," Tuchel said.

"We enjoyed the fight. The guys were absolutely on and sharpened. We were super starving to undergo."

Leading Chelsea in to the last eight for the first time since 2014 is definitely another feather in Tuchel's cap when the German eye a go back to the Champions Group final pursuing his defeat with Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern Munich last season.

"They take up with a particular bond. Fixtures and outcomes such as this give you a particular edge to attain special things. I'm confident no-one wants to take up against us," Tuchel said.

"Quarter-final means there's simply four games (before final). It's a major step and feels good."

Chelsea, Champions Group winners for the only time in 2012, had been eliminated found in the first knockout stage within their last four appearances.

But they never looked at risk of losing the 1-0 lead directed at them by Olivier Giroud's overhead activate the initially leg in Bucharest.

Azpilicueta escape

Crucially, Azpilicueta escaped without punishment when the defender's under-hit back-pass allowed Carrasco to nip before him in the penalty area.

Azpilicueta responded with a good panicked tug that sent Carrasco tumbling but Atletico's penalty appeal was first controversially rejected by referee Daniele Orsato, with VAR bizarrely opting never to intervene.

Simeone's anger only increased while Chelsea made the almost all of their fortune to take the business lead in the 34th minute.

Timo Werner today has just two goals found in his last 27 appearances for Chelsea.

But Tuchel backed Werner to come great this week and the Germany forward repaid his manager's faith with a solid functionality capped by the main element contribution to Ziyech's opener.

Breaking at tempo after Werner blocked Kieran Trippier's cross, Kai Havertz fed his team-mate in the left flank.

Werner accelerated away from the out-of-situation Atletico defence before clipping a good perfectly-weighted move into Ziyech's path.

Unmarked 10 yards from goal, Ziyech completed Chelsea's thrust with a scientific strike.

Savic's frustration boiled more than found in the 81st minute while he was dismissed for a good needless elbow that drew a theatrical fall from Rudiger.

With Chelsea's injured defender Thiago Silva roaring on Emerson from the stands, the left-back blasted home from Christian Pulisic's pass in stoppage-time, sparking a wild celebration that encapsulated the feel-good factor fuelling the Blues at the moment.