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‘Fantastic result, fantastic goal. Well deserved’ - Thomas Tuchel

Wed 24 February 2021 | 9:22

The German passed his biggest test on Tuesday with a key away victory against La Liga leaders.

Chelsea

manager

Thomas Tuchel

was pleased with his men’s performance against

Diego Simeone

’s defensive

Atletico Madrid

after they managed a 1-0 away Champions League victory on Tuesday.

Olivier Giroud

's magnificent bicycle kick broke Atletico Madrid's resistance and earned Chelsea a crucial victory in the first leg of the last-16 tie.

Speaking to 

BT Sport

, the Chelsea boss said

: "Fantastic result, fantastic goal. Well deserved.

"We wanted to dominate in the opponents' half, to never lose concentration, not to do any easy mistakes and always be aware of quick counterattacks 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.

"We knew it [Atletico packing their defense] 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. This is what we did very good. We never let them breathe or come out for counterattacks. We have a big reward with this result.

"This is one of the toughest challenges to open a defense like Atletico."


source: SportMob