[Player Ratings] Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea: How The Blues Rated In Bore Draw
Chelsea kept a clean sheet in their Champions League semi-final first leg with Athletico Madrid, but were left counting the cost of injuries to key players.
Chelsea kept a clean sheet in their Champions League semi-final first leg with Atletico Madrid, but were left counting the cost of injuries to key players.
Chances were hard to come by for both sides, especially Chelsea who set up with the intention not to concede. The most notable activity in the opening 45 minutes saw Petr Cech withdrawn through injury, falling onto his elbow after pushing a Koke corner over the crossbar.
John Terry later followed his goalkeeper injuring his ankle in a coming together with Diego Costa and both experienced players could miss the crucial Premier League encounter with Liverpool on Sunday.
It took till the second half for Chelsea to have a meaningful shot on target, Frank Lampard forcing Thibaut Courtois into a smart save. Mario Suarez then made substitute Mark Schwarzer work to keep out a curling effort but again it is the players now missing for the upcoming games which makes the draw feel slightly like defeat.
Lampard and John Obi-Mikel picked up bookings which will rule them out of the return leg at Stamford Bridge.
Cech- 6- only lasted 15 minutes and wasn’t tested before being forced off through injury.
Cole- 7- considering he has played little football this season, the England full back showed his class in a solid display.
Terry- 6- dealt with everything Atletico threw at Chelsea up until an ankle injury ended his night and most likely his season.
Cahill- 7- solid and composed at the back. Aerially superior against the might of Diego Costa.
Azpilicueta- 7- back in his usual right back position, the Spaniard was more than comfortable in place of Ivanovic. Made a vital block from a Diego Costa shot.
Luiz- 7- made some important interceptions playing in a five-man midfield. Disappointing with a late free-kick to not get it on target.
Lampard- 6- did okay in a packed midfield but will have upset Mourinho by getting himself a yellow card which rules him out of the next leg.
Mikel- 6- protected his defence along with Lampard and Luiz, snuffing out danger and restricting space.
Ramires- 6- other than Torres the Brazilian was Chelsea’s only outlet going forward. Showed fantastic energy.
Willian- 6- one of few starters with the ability to take players on and produce a moment of skill. But the Brazilian got the nod tonight for his ability to work back and support the defence and that’s what he did.
Torres- 6- too often isolated so cannot be blamed for his lack of chances. Worked the Atletico defence but couldn’t hold the ball up long enough for support to arrive.
Schwarzer- 7- didn’t look out of his depth in what was an intimidating environment. Kept his cool and pulled off a good save from Suarez.
Schurrle- 5- came on for Terry on 73 minutes. Luiz slotted in for the absent defender with the German doing a job in midfield.
Ba- 5- came on in injury time for Willian, barely touched the ball.
Are you happy with Chelsea’s result?…Is it frustrating to see Mourinho so blatantly play for a 0-0 in such a big, high-profile game?…With so many players potentially out for Sunday’s clash at Anfield, should the Blues give up on the Premier League in order to concentrate on the Champions League second leg?…Or can Chelsea beat Liverpool and take advantage of Merseyside slip up?…please leave your comments below…
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