After 67 minutes and 56 seconds, the ball found the net. Chelsea were allowed to celebrate in 70 minutes and 45 seconds. They’d scored a goal away, in a neutral stadium.
That’s modern football for you, but no one on the flight back from Bucharest to London would have protested. It was done justice. The better, the more ambitious, the more successful the team was. Dour, lost dogged Atletico Madrid. Now Chelsea is heading into the second leg with a critical advantage. They, too, will need it. Mason Mount and Jorginho will be absent, suspended, and when injured, Atletico Madrid will be dangerous.
Yet, for Chelsea and their boss, Thomas Tuchel, this was a big victory. For Olivier Giroud, the match-winner, too. In his first game, he was Tuchel’s first choice as a striker, but did not maintain the role. After this, he could. His hold-up play was outstanding and his goal, well, it was a beauty. The sort of goal that was very much deserving of winning a nip and tuck meeting. In what was otherwise a cussed, niggly affair, it was a moment of pure class.
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Source: Daily Mail