Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 (agg: 3-0) to qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2014. The Blues put on a dominant display to outplay their opponents and become the third English club to reach quarterfinals after Manchester City and Liverpool.
The win extends Chelsea’s unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel to 13 in all competitions while conceding just 2 goals. Despite having the advantage of an away goal from the first leg, Chelsea dominated the game to earn a well deserved win against the La Liga table toppers.
Having to chase the game being a goal down from first leg, Atletico Madrid had a penalty appeal waived away by the referee in the 26th minute after Azpilicueta appeared to have pulled down Carrasco in the box.
Chelsea opened the scoring in the 34th minute from a counter attack through Hakim Ziyech, who squeezed his shot under Oblak after Timo Werner played a perfect ball across the goal. Mendy produced a decent save to deny Joao Felix from outside the box as Chelsea headed into the break with a one goal lead.
Chelsea looked more threatening in the second half as Werner and Ziyech produced decent saves from Oblak to keep Atletico Madrid in the game. Diego Simeone used four of his five substitutions to try and get a goal back, but Chelsea continued to dominate possession through their slick passing and counter pressing.
Joao Felix forced Mendy into couple of saves as Atletico started to push more men forward in search of an equaliser. However, things went from bad to worse for the visitors as Savic was shown a straight red card for an innocuous elbow into Rudiger’s chest.
Mendy produced a great save in the stoppage time to deny Joao Felix yet again as the visitors threw everyone forward. Chelsea made the most of the situation by countering and scoring their second of the night through Emerson, who slammed his effort in the bottom-corner with his first touch to seal the win.