Atletico Madrid 0 Chelsea 0:Chelsea’s wall tactic against Atlético, Mourinho’s bulwark / Champions League News


José Mourinho has supported with an extreme defensive tactics of his Chelsea at Atletico Madrid in a good position for the second leg. The most important statistics for semi-final in the Champions League.

José Mourinho is a coach who does not want to be loved. The Portuguese provoked grumbles, complains. Before, during and after a match. For the 51-year-olds, only one thing: Title. If it is necessary, should his team just supposed anti-football, his team then sets on a wall tactic. In the semi-final first leg of the Champions League, it turned Mourinho’s team, Chelsea, once again back in and came at Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 draw.

Chelsea withdrew extremely well what the heatmap graphic illustrates. The more red colored one area, the more the players kept on there. Striker Fernando Torres was more tied in defense, as that he could concentrate on the attack. The Spaniard came to only one shot on goal at his old place of work.

With its wall-tactics Mourinho forced the hosts but also to turn away from their original way of playing against strong opponents. Instead of focusing on the counterattack and fast Umschaltspiel, Atlético recalled the FC Barcelona. 69 percent of possession had Madrid against Chelsea, record in this Champions League season for Atlético, the season average was previously only 43 percent of possession.

From the task of having to make the game, Atletico seemed overwhelmed; they robbed the team the goal threat. The hosts fell a little something else, as it flanks to try it in the box. Also played Mourinho in the cards, his central defender John Terry and Gary Cahill are extremely strong in the air. A total of 38 sides struck Madrid, a real head came not by chance about.

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea:No chance for Madrid in Stamford Bridge


But Mourinho is dependent on staff, the almost perfectly implements its specifications and him completely familiar. This is the case at Chelsea. However, he must probably do without four key pillars in the return game: The midfielder Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel saw in Madrid each have their third yellow card and are therefore suspended for the return leg. Goalkeeper Petr Cech injured his shoulder and falls according to Mourinho out for the rest of the season.


Also central defender John Terry was forced off through injury. He buckled around midway through the second half, its use is at least questionable. So Mourinho seems already forced by his squad to let them play more offensively. This in turn would help Atlético, again playing off the real strengths. But even so, the return leg next Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid 0 Chelsea 0 Champions League Semi-Final First Leg Match Stats

Atletico Madrid: Courtois 6, Juanfran 6.5, Miranda 6, Godin 7, Filipe Luis 7, Raul Garcia 7 (Villa 86), Gabi 6.5, Mario Suarez 7 (Sosa 80), Koke 7, Diego 7 (Turan 60), Diego Costa 6.

Subs: Aranzubia, Tiago, Rodriguez, Alderweireld.

Yellow: Gabi, Miranda

Chelsea: Cech 6 (Schwarzer 18 6.5), Azpilicueta 7, Cahill 8, Terry 7 (Schurrle 73), Cole 6.5, Mikel 6.5, Luiz 6, Lampard 6.5, Ramires 6, Torres 5.5, Willian 7 (Ba 90).

Subs: Oscar, van Ginkel, Ake, Kalas.

Yellows: Lampard, Mikel, Ba

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

Attendance: 50,000

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