Red hot fire coach of Chelsea, Thomas has noted that Chelsea’s desire not to lose concentration made the difference for them in their match against Atletico Madrid.
A 71 minute overhead kick from Blues striker, Olivier Giroud summarized the entire 90+6 minutes played in Bucharest, Romania today.
Chelsea as usual starting in their favourite 3-4-3 formation saw Mendy in the post with the three central back pairing consisting of Antonio Rudiger, Andy Christiensen and team captain Cezar Azpilicueta making the trinity at the back. A usually suspected midfield pair of Jorginho and Matteo Kovacic with Hudson Odoi and favourite, Marcos Alonso, playing as wing-backs. The forward pairing was made up of fluid Mason Mount, German Timo Werner and eventual match decider, Olivier Giroud.
Olivier Giroud celebrates after superb overhead kick (Credit: AP:Associated Press)
However, Thomas Tuchel revealed that they dominated the half of Atletico Madrid, but were resolved not to lose concentration since that could be perilous.
“We wanted to dominate in the opponents’ half, to never lose concentration, not to do any easy mistakes and always be aware of quick counter-attacks for all their quality. It was a very disciplined performance – a deserved shut-out. This is the hard work, a team effort – the basis for a big win” he revealed.
Thomas Tuchel who has an impressive clean sheet records since joining Chelsea further added that he was not surprised at how Diego Simeone packed 6 defenders at the back and would wait to pounce on a counter-attack.
“We knew it [Atletico packing their defence] could happen. We told the guys if it happens maybe it’s our quality and the respect. We wanted to be brave and play in their half. We knew they were ready to suffer with eight people in the box. The intention was to keep the intensity high” he added.
According to the Blues manager, they did well in holding on to the ball and keep getting focus with the aim of not losing concentration and he admitted it was one of the toughest challenges.
“This is what we did very good. We never let them breathe or come out for counter-attacks. We have a big reward with this result. This is one of the toughest challenges to open a defence like Atletico.”