Atletico Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw in their own backyard against a disciplined Chelsea. The first-leg of the semi-final of the Champions League between the two sides was a cagey affair where Chelsea came with only one game plan. The plan to not concede a goal at the Vicente Calderon.
The match saw very few chances to either sides but the tense draw gives a massive headache to the Chelsea camp, as the Londoners lost Petr Cech and John terry through injury. Jose Mourinho’s top goalkeeper fell awkwardly under the challenge of Raul Garcia and was replaced by Mark Schwarzer, who impressed throughout. The Czech will mostly be out for the weekend’s crunch EPL game against Liverpool, and perhaps the return leg of the semi-final against Atletico too.
The Blues will also miss Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel through suspension as they picked up yellow cards on the night. With Eden Hazard out with injury, the scoreless result favours Atletico more than Chelsea, as the London side’s squad is being stretched to its absolute limit.
All eyes were on Diego Costa who was tamed well by the defence partnership of both John Terry and Gary Cahill. The Spanish international had around three chances, two of which the striker tried to convert through bicycle-kicks. There weren’t any clear-cut chances for either side. Atletico’s defence on the other hand, had absolutely nothing to do the whole game.
Atletico’s Gabi was also booked, and will too miss the return-leg.
It was a well earned draw for Chelsea, who came into the game with a plan to not concede but the fact remains that they are vulnerable to the away goals rule, having failed to score.