Chelsea put in a gutsy defensive display to get a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals 2014. Jose Mourinho decided to put every player, apart from Fernando Torres, behind the ball and there was a distinct lack of ambition from the team. Things improved in the second half, but it was still difficult to get the attacks going due to the intense pressing from the opposition.
On the attacking front, Chelsea were reduced to threatening the opposition from a few set pieces and tame shots. Despite being a lone figure upfront, Torres did extremely well on certain occasions on his return to the Vicente Calderon. The much feared Diego Costa did not do much in the game apart from a few tame headers.
After the match, Mourinho said:
“We didn’t start the game thinking of a 0-0, but the game goes in a certain direction where you feel you have to be safe, don’t concede and try to score in one of the few chances you create.
“We had problems before the game, we had problems during the game, but we will fight.”
The tie will now be decided in the second leg at Stamford Bridge next week. Both teams will feel that they have a significant advantage ahead of this match. Chelsea have the home support or 12th man behind them, but if Atletico score an away goal, then Chelsea will have to score twice in order to reach the finals. The tie is evenly poised.