What We Learned: Chelsea FC 1-3 Atlético Madrid
Lost 2 home games back to back, arguably out of the PL title and we’re out of the CL too. Atlético Madrid humiliated Chelsea at the bridge with scoring 3 away goals and marching into the finals. El Nino scoring for Chelsea, Adrian Lopez opens the scoring for Atlético Madrid before half time. Diego Costa scored the second for Atlético Madrid as Eto’o gives away a cheeky penalty. Well Adra Turan killed the game after a one-two with crossbar scoring the third for his club.
What we learned:
Home-Away strategy backfired:
As many pundits said a 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderón was a better result for Atletico Madrid than Chelsea, and it turned out to be true. We got thrashed and humiliated by At.Madrid, but no complains as At.Madrid was a way better side than us and scoring 3 goals at the Bridge is no cake walk. Maybe its time to change the strategy, play real and effective football, try to score away goals and just not defend away from home. Jose Mourinho has a lot of work to do now, he has to know our strengths and work on our weakness, and has to win the remaining matches as we expect our season to end on a high.
Courtois: Legend in making- FUTURE CALLING!
Thibaut Courtois- The tall, calm, 21 year old Belgian who made every Chelsea fan speechless after his performance against his parent club Chelsea FC. He is arguably the best young goalkeeper of the world. Courtois had a amazing match against Chelsea as he stopped whatever came to his goal be it Terry’s header or Hazard’s shot late on. Has kept 25 Clean Sheets this season conceeding only 26 goals in 45 games. I believe he would be an ideal long term replacement for Cech. So will Courtois be back? Time for him to challenge Chelsea’s #1 Petr Cech?
Overdependent on Hazard
With 19 goals and 10 assists this season Chelsea’s swift and fast Hazard has had an exceptional season. Eden Hazard has been recently rewarded for his exceptional season at Chelsea by scooping the PFA Young Player of the year award. Hazard has been Chelsea’s best player and has got the club many crucial wins, but is it time for the likes of Willian, Schrrule, Oscar to step up? Just 2 shots against At.Madrid, Hazard dint look good, he was caught out many times and looked frustrated. If Hazard is shut out of the game the side struggles because they lack viable goal threats elsewhere. It seems we we are over dependent on Hazard. We need someone to step up and support Hazard as he’s gets under real pressure when he’s asked to do things all by himself.
“Chelsea are not made to play football, we are good on the counter-attack, a bit like Real against Bayern Munich,” Hazard said.
“Often, I’m asked to do it all by myself and it’s not easy.” Hazard added.