Champions League, UEFA 2017-09-28 5:21 AM

Michy Batshuayi scored a last-minute winner to register a famous European victory for the Blues.

Goals: Antoine Griezmann 40′; Alvaro Morata 60′, Michy Batshuayi 90+4′
What a match! The high-profile clash of group C in the Champions League and the first at Wanda Metropolitana was a game to remember for the visitors, not so much for the hosts. Atletico Madrid were the second best team on the night and deserved nothing out of this game. Antoine Griezmann gave Atletico a surprise lead through a spot-kick but it never looked like the Colchoneros will hold onto that lead.

Continuing their domination in the second half, Chelsea levelled through Alvaro Morata and scored a winner through Michy Batshuayi on literally the last kick of the match. It was a fine move, worthy of being the match-winner in any game. The dramatic finish has now given Chelsea two wins out of two in the Champions League and on that note, let’s take a look at how the player fared in “the Diego Costa derby”:

Atletico Madrid

Jan Oblak: 6/10

Oblak managed to keep Atletico in the game by making a couple of decent saves in the first half. He was helpless for both the goals conceded and could not have done anything more.

Juanfran: 6.5/10

The fullback’s performance was one of the few positives that Atletico Madrid could take from this game. He looked solid in defence and handled the threat of Marco Alonso well. Juanfran also contributed whenever he went forward.

Lucas Hernandez: 6/10

The young defender cannot be solely blamed for Atletico’s bad show at the back as he looked confident in his job. Lucas also won the penalty for his side in the first half.

Diego Godin: 4.5/10

A night to forget for the veteran! Godin never looked assured at the back and failed to cope up with the pace of Alvaro Morata.

Filipe Luis: 5/10

A rare underperforming night for another Atletico Madrid’s mainstays. Luis was caught napping for the winner conceded and should have done better. His passing was also not at its usual best.

Thomas Partey: 4/10

It was a confused performance from Partey. The midfielder took time to react at times and was beaten far too easily at times. He failed to mark Eden Hazard or shield his backline and was completely dominated by the Chelsea attackers.

Saul Niguez: 5/10

Saul was another Atletico player who underachieved against Chelsea. His passes went astray and to top it, Saul missed an absolute sitter to give his side a 2-0 lead before the break.

Koke: 5.5/10

It was his delivery which earned the Colchoneros a penalty but other than that, Koke’s impact was rarely seen. He was disappointing going forward and pressed aimlessly at times.

Yannick Carrasco: 4/10

Another big game, another flop show from Carrasco! Sadly, the winger has made a habit of underperforming when it matters and last night was no exception. He just failed to be involved and looked anonymous for the majority of his time on the field.

Angel Correa: 6/10

The forward was one of the only few players for Atletico who could be praised for their outing. Correa never stopped running and was desperate to turn the momentum for good. His sharp turns often troubled the Chelsea backline.

Antoine Griezmann: 4.5/10

Diego Simeone needed a smashing showing from his talisman, Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman duly scored but failed to have any more impact on the game. He looked slow to react at times and lost possession on a number of occasions. On a good note, Griezmann became the first player to score at Atletico’s new home in both league and European games.

Fernando Torres: 5.5/10

El Nino was given a thundering applause from both sets of supporters when he was introduced in the second half. He made some good runs and got into good positions but lacked the service that he hoped for.

Nicolas Gaitan: 3/10

Brought on to cause a sense of urgency in his teammates, Gaitan helped Chelsea’s cause more than that of his side. He just did not turn up on the occasion and can be said as a disastrous substitution from Diego Simeone.

Jose Gimenez: 5/10

Gimenez was given the job of man-marking Eden Hazard in the final quarter of the game. He did his job well initially but could have done much better in the winner conceded.


Thibaut Courtois: 6/10

The Belgian had very little to do till the penalty was scored. He was commanding in the air, made some decent saves and his contribution was also on point. The only negative in his game was a shot which he parried straight to Saul who luckily for Courtois and Chelsea, missed it.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 6.5/10

The Spaniard’s composure at the back is what makes him one of the best in the world and he again showed that against Atletico in a brilliant performance. He also could have had another assist as he found Morata with a stunning cross in the second half which was not met well by the striker.

David Luiz: 6/10

What was Luiz thinking when he pulled Lucas Hernandez’s shirt so blatantly? Back in the fray after his sending off against Arsenal, the Brazilian again displayed the not so appreciated wild side of his. Other than that, Luiz was brilliant in his clearances and also produced a brilliant pass to Alvaro Morata which the striker headed and earned a corner from it.

Gary Cahill: 7/10

After a rest against Stoke City, Cahill was back to lead his side from the back. The Englishman did that with authority as it was a complete no-nonsense showing from the captain. Cahill also made good use of the ball when in possession.

Victor Moses: 7.5/10

The Nigerian was at his best last night! Moses was a constant menace in attack and also went close with a couple of long-range shots. He also tracked back in time and never looked out of position.

Marcos Alonso: 7/10

Alonso was more concerned with the defensive work when the game began but slowly improved as the game went on. He provided the assist for the last minute winner, a reward for his busy and industrious showing.

N’Golo Kante: 8/10

Atletico Madrid could not get near him for the majority of the game as his tenacious running had absolutely no stopping from the opposition. His work ethics set the tone for the entire game.

Tiemoue Bakayako: 7.5/10

Bakayako matched his midfield partner in work rate but his passing was again left to be criticized. But he was magnificent in shielding the defence and made 5 out of 5 successful tackles in the 90 minutes.

Cesc Fabregas: 5/10

Just as Saul, his Spanish teammate, Cesc Fabregas was also guilty of missing a sitter. His passing was also not at his regular best and his set-piece delivery was poor for the entirety of the game. But he showed great effort in running up and down and was seen almost everywhere just as N’Golo Kante.

Eden Hazard: 9/10

Surprisingly, Eden Hazard was given acres of space by the Atletico defenders which made matters easy for the Belgian. Starting in his first big match of the season, Hazard looked miles better than the other players on the pitch and deserved the man of the match award. Playing just behind Alvaro Morata, Hazard delivered a superb cross to the Spaniard to level the matters and should have had a goal of his own but his shot from 25 yards hit the upright.

Alvaro Morata: 8.5/10

Continuing where he left off against Stoke, Morata delivered an inspiring performance for the Blues and no surprises for guessing, again scored a goal.

It was a well-timed run to meet Hazard’s cross and nod home another headed goal. Morata had other numerous opportunities to score but failed by a whisker at times. He ran with the ball with intent, linked up well and was a constant threat to the Atletico defence. With Diego Costa in the stands, Morata gave the former Chelsea striker a live example of the smooth life after him for the Blues.

Michy Batshuayi: 6/10
He hardly got a touch in the game but was at the right place at the right time when he was the most needed. Batshuayi’s winner against Atletico Madrid gave a throwback of his last-gasp goal against West Bromwich Albion last season which secured the title for Chelsea.
Willian: 6/10
The Brazilian was involved in the buildup to the Batshuayi goal.
Andreas Christensen: N/A
Replaced Fabregas with five minutes to go and hardly had any chance to make an impression.

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