News : Champions League – Tuchel, Werner and Havertz cheer – Sport
A German preparer combination, with coach Thomas Tuchel, has paved the way for Chelsea’s first entry into the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 2014. The “Blues” won the second leg of the round of the best 16 football teams in Europe 2-0 (1-0) against Spanish league leaders Atlético Madrid. Chelsea won the first leg 1-0. Tuchel has been unbeaten for 13 games with the former Champions League winner since he took office at the end of January.
The important first goal on Wednesday evening at Stamford Bridge was scored by Hakim Ziyech in the 34th minute – tailor-made by Timo Werner, who in turn was served by national team colleague Kai Havertz at the center line. Emerson scored the 2-0 in stoppage time (90 + 4).
Tuchel first clenched a fist, then both, then clapped his hands with satisfaction: Ziyech’s goal was a picture-perfect hit against the well-known defensive Madrilenian, who in the 82nd minute also beat Stefan Savić for a red card after an assault Antonio Rüdiger lost. The Tuchel-Elf performed extremely confidently from the start, in defense, national player Antonio Rüdiger was convincing and in the offensive, Tuchel trusted Havertz and Werner. Werner had last met in the European Cup at the beginning of November under Tuchel’s predecessor Frank Lampard. With a goal it didn’t work this time either.
Werner tries in vain
In the 19th minute, an attempted shot from a turn from around twelve meters was deflected by a teammate and went past the goal. In Werner’s goal preparation, however, there was no lack of precision. Havertz’s pass, who only played three minutes in the first leg, couldn’t have been better for the fast ex-Leipzig.
The former Bundesliga professional continued to struggle to finally meet again himself. After a good hour, however, a shot only grazed the outer netting. Shortly before the end, Tuchel replaced Werner, and Havertz also left the field in stoppage time.
The disappointing guests could hardly put themselves in the limelight. Even at the break, trainer Diego Simeone stomped into the cabin with a grim expression. The fact that he replaced striker Luis Suárez after just under an hour made him laugh mockingly – there was no clap either. For this, the Chelsea professionals later clapped each other after moving into the next round.