Atleti suffered a first leg blow in the Champions League last 16 as we feel 1-0 to Chelsea in Bucharest. I did not know what to think about the goal, I just focused on hitting the overhead kick and was pleased to see it go in. ", Diego Simeone, Atlético coach: "Both sides worked really hard. The only downside was losing Mason Mount and Jorginho to suspension but, aside from that, a fine European bow for Thomas Tuchel. - Man City, Liverpool have UCL games moved Simeone’s men will need to turn things around in London. It's been a tough week but we need to carry on fighting and competing. "Atlético" have conceded in 5 of their last 6 games. Atletico Madrid's home match against Chelsea in the Champions League last-16 has been moved from Spain to Bucharest as a result of coronavirus restrictions, UEFA confirmed on Wednesday. Wed 10 Feb 2021 05.51 EST Chelsea’s Champions League game at Atlético Madrid will be staged in Bucharest in the latest switch forced by coronavirus regulations. For the goal, he also won the ball on the halfway line and controlled it into the path of the supporting player. In 3 of their last 5 head-to-head matches, the guests won. Olivier Giroud, Chelsea striker: "We came here with strong intentions to win, play our game, and we knew how we could give them trouble offensively. Atlético Madrid vs Chelsea live online: Champions League 2020/21. Atletico Madrid's Champions League last 16 home leg clash with Chelsea will be played in Bucharest, UEFA confirmed on Wednesday. Atlético Madrid and Chelsea will meet in European competition for the eighth time on Tuesday, and the sixth time since Diego Simeone’s appointment as Atlético’s coach.. Spain has placed restrictions on travellers entering from England and this has also led to Manchester United’s Europa League match at Real Sociedad being moved to Turin. Olivier Giroud's spectacular overhead kick gave Thomas Tuchel's men victory in Bucharest. 4.54pm EST 16:54 Final score: Club Atlético de Madrid 0-1 Chelsea; 4.30pm EST 16:30 GOAL! • Giroud has scored a personal-best six goals in this season's competition. "Chelsea" have missed 3 of their last 5 matches. The first legs of Liverpool’s and Manchester City’s Champions League ties against RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach have been moved to Budapest. At the other end they were largely untroubled by an Atlético side who lacked a spark. The pattern of the game continued after the interval until Mario Hermoso's attempted intervention popped the ball up for Giroud to acrobatically dispatch past the scrambling Oblak and end Chelsea's ten-game winless run in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages. Check out every official UEFA Champions League Player of the Match. Why is Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea in Buchareest? United (h)4/3: Liverpool (a)8/3: Everton (h)13/3: Leeds United (a), For the best possible experience, we recommend using, Highlights available from midnight where you are, Atlético-Chelsea | Atlético 0-1 Chelsea: Giroud stunner sinks Simeone's men, Highlights: Atlético 0-1 Chelsea (2 mins), Timo Werner went close twice for Chelsea in the first half, Atlético vs Chelsea: match as it happened, reaction, Check out every official UEFA Champions League Player of the Match. A great goal which made the difference. Atletico Madrid's head coach Diego Simone plays with the ball during a training session at the National Arena stadium in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. "For the build-up to the goal and then his execution, it must go to Giroud. A statement said: “Uefa is able to officially confirm that the Uefa Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Club Atlético de Madrid and Chelsea FC will now be played at the Arena Naţională in Bucharest. It's not often you say Diego Simeone got it wrong and, to be fair, if it wasn't for a goal of the season contender he might have had it spot on. An error occurred while playing the video. Atlético eliminated Chelsea in the semifinals in 2014. Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea will be played at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania and not Madrid. Atlético was coming off elimination against Chelsea in the round of 16 of the Champions League and had been held 0-0 at Getafe in its previous Spanish league match. We have a big reward with this result. 6 of 15 7 of 15 Chelsea's Olivier Giroud during the Champions League, round of 16, first leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea at the National Arena stadium in … Atlético28/2: Villarreal (a)7/3: Real Madrid (h)10/3: Athletic Club (h)13/3: Getafe (a), Chelsea28/2: Man. Chelsea’s Champions League game at Atlético Madrid will be staged in Bucharest in the latest switch forced by coronavirus regulations. However, as it is, a defensive display was undone by a piece of magic and a first-ever knockout round defeat at home for the Argentinian means Atleti have it all to do in the return leg. Though the match will NOT be taking place in Madrid, and will instead be played in Bucharest. We know we need to go to London and win. ", Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea manager: "We knew they were ready to suffer with eight people in the box. First leg switched from Spain because of Covid restrictions, Four other English clubs also due to play at neutral venues. Atletico Madrid failed to have a shot on target against Chelsea - the first time they had failed to register a shot on target in a Champions League game since March 2019 v Juventus. Bucharest’s Arena Națională holds special memories for Atletico Madrid as the site of their 2012 Europa League final triumph against Athletic Bilbao. Atletico Madrid’s home match against Chelsea in the Champions League last-16 has been moved from Spain to Bucharest as a result of coronavirus restrictions, UEFA confirmed on Wednesday. "Packie Bonner, UEFA Technical Observer. The game will now be played at the Arena Naţională in Bucharest rather than the Wanda Metropolitano in the Spanish capital. A Chelsea statement said: "UEFA has confirmed that Chelsea's Champions League Round of 16 first leg match away against Atletico Madrid will now be played at … Chelsea hold a slender but crucial advantage ahead of their second leg against Atlético thanks to Olivier Giroud's acrobatic goal in Bucharest. He becomes the first Chelsea player to hit that tally in a UEFA Champions League campaign since Didier Drogba in 2011/12. © 2021 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. The football match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League will take place on Bucharest’s National Arena, the Romanian … Chelsea hold a … Atletico Madrid 0-1 Chelsea (Giroud, 67 mins) 3.47pm EST 15:47 Half time: Club Atlético … Atlético: Oblak; Llorente, Savić, Felipe, Hermoso (Vitolo 84); Correa (Dembélé 82), Saúl Ñíguez (Torreira 82), Koke, Lemar; João Félix (Renan Lodi 82), Luis Suárez, Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger, Alonso; Mount (Kanté 74), Jorginho, Kovačić (Ziyech 74); Hudson-Odoi (James 80), Giroud (Havertz 87), Werner (Pulišić 87). There were really few opportunities to score and they took theirs, but apart from that it was really even. Our team will have to turn things around in the second leg in London on March 17. We were solid defensively, we were good in transition, we had the odd chance. • Chelsea have never been eliminated from UEFA competition after recording a first-leg away victory, winning 12 ties out of 12. This is one of the toughest challenges, to open a defence like Atlético. All rights reserved. Chelsea's Olivier Giroud celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the Champions League, round of 16, first leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea at the National Arena stadium in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. ", Koke, Atlético captain: "We'll go over to London with the idea of winning the game. The German striker did at least manage to sting the palms of Jan Oblak with a rising drive as Chelsea had the better of the first half. - Man City, Liverpool have UCL games moved The move comes after the Spanish Government extended restrictions on the arrival of flights from the United Kingdom beyond the game's matchday on Feb. 23. Chelsea said the first leg of their last-16 tie would be played at the Arena Nationala in Romania’s capital on Tuesday 23 February. Chelsea will take a 1-0 lead back to London in this round of 16 tie thanks to Olivier Giroud's sensational overhead kick in Bucharest. CHELSEA take on Atletico Madrid in a plum Champions League Last 16 first-leg tie this week. Arsenal’s Europa League first leg against Benfica is being moved to Rome and a neutral venue is also expected for the return. Atlético was the home team but the match was played in Bucharest, Romania, because of travel restrictions preventing visitors from Britain entering Spain. Atleti-Chelsea to be played in Bucharest February 9, 2021 - 19:41 The Romanian capital’s National Arena stadium will host our Champions League last 16 first leg fixture against Chelsea FC due to the Spanish Government’s restrictions on flights arriving from the UK. Good for the team, good for me. Atletico Madrid's Champions League last 16 home leg clash with Chelsea will be played in Bucharest, UEFA confirmed on Wednesday. Your support powers our independent journalism, Available for everyone, funded by readers. 2 This is what we did very well. The Blues have travelled to Bucharest in Romania, not Madrid in Spain, to meet the La Liga leaders in the first knockout round of this year’s competition. If there is a moment that I probably wouldn’t […] • Atlético have lost all seven UEFA competition ties in which they were beaten in the home first leg. Already the rival in the round of 16 of the Champions League, Chelsea, is demanding for Atlético de Madrid, who will compete this Tuesday against him and the circumstances in Bucharest, far from their territory, diminished by casualties, doubted by the results and faced with adversity. We never let them breathe or come out for counterattacks. Highlights: Atlético 0-1 Chelsea (2 mins) Article body Chelsea will take a 1-0 lead back to London in this round of 16 tie thanks to Olivier Giroud's sensational overhead kick in Bucharest. A dominant performance from Chelsea and thanks to a moment of inspiration from Giroud, they are in pole position. They expect the return to be at Stamford Bridge on 17 March. Chelsea’s trip to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 has been moved to Bucharest. If we score twice, we go through. We have been strong at the back, in [our] defensive shape, and we're very pleased with the win. Chances were hard to come by in the opening 45 minutes with Thomas Lemar and Timo Werner both failing to turn in teasing crosses at either end. Our team lost 1-0 to Chelsea in Bucharest on Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League last 16. The last h2h match ended in a draw (1:1). It was a deserved win. This is because of Spanish government restrictions on travellers entering the country from England, due to the new COVID-19 variant. Last modified on Wed 10 Feb 2021 06.19 EST. It was in Bucharest that Simeone won his first title with Atlético, the 2012 Europa League. The hosts allowed them to have lots of the ball and, although their final pass was lacking most of the time, eventually they got the goal. The teams had played in the group stage of the Champions League in the 2017-18 season, with Chelsea winning 2-1 in Spain before a 1-1 draw in London. Both teams have a number of domestic fixtures prior to the second leg in the English capital on Wednesday 17 March. The intention was to keep the intensity high. We'll bounce back from this. • Atlético had just one shot in the first half, their lowest total after 45 minutes in a UEFA Champions League match since the 2016/17 semi-final first leg against Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid will face Chelsea in a Champions League, round of 16, first leg, soccer … Chelsea face Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League. ... Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea; But the club dismissed him on Jan. 25 and replaced him with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel. Europa … • Giroud last scored in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage on 17 March 2015, in Arsenal's 2-0 away win in the second leg of their round of 16 tie against Monaco. Chelsea have signed Spain World Cup striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, the Stamford Bridge club said in a statement on Tuesday. "Atlético" have won only one of their last four matches. When this draw was made, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was the team’s coach. UEFA has confirmed that the Champions League clash between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea has been moved to the Romanian capital of Bucharest. The move comes after the Spanish Government extended restrictions on the arrival of flights from the United Kingdom beyond the game's matchday on Feb. 23.