Chelsea beat Atlético Madrid tonight, but the Blues' win came at a cost in their second game between the teams.
The people of Thomas Tuchel have recently renewed their European campaign.
The Premier League giants have traveled to the National Arena in Bucharest to play in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League against the Spanish leader in the Atleti standings.
The draw was considered one of the most difficult to anticipate, as the latter, despite its place at the top of La Liga, has looked less impressive lately.
And when everything was said and done in the Romanian capital on Tuesday, the troubles of Diego Simeone's people only worsened.
The only goal scored by Olivier Giroud 20 minutes before the match ultimately led Chelsea to a key first leg win.
The kick, which was only confirmed after a lengthy VAR test, was spectacular as Giroud demonstrated the athleticism of a much younger man by sending home a beautiful bicycle kick from the penalty spot:
Oh, Olivier Giroud! ?
He just loves to beat the mirrors, doesn't he !?
Initially VAR ruled out a goal, but it remained in effect as Mario Hermoso is said to have hit the Frenchman? pic.twitter.com/CAweQ8SzAR
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 23, 2021
Meanwhile, the Frenchman's last free kick was not only decisive for Chelsea, but also significant on an individual basis, as Giroud took 3rd place in the list of the best scorers of the Blues in European competitions:
Most goals in Europe for Chelsea:
?? Didier Drogba (36)
? & # 917607; & # 917602; & # 917605; & # 917614; & # 917607; & # 917631; Frank Lampard (25)
?? Olivier Giroud (18)
?? Fernando Torres (17)
Another important goal of the Frenchman #UCL. ? #CFC | #ATMCHE pic.twitter.com/XN8MvKgr7M
- Sporting Index (@sportingindex) February 23, 2021
Blues stars excluded
However, as stated above, the Londoners also suffered some serious blows to their staff on a great evening for Chelsea.
However, this did not happen in the form of injuries.
Instead, Thomas Tuchel saw a pair of his midfield stars take the yellow cards, eliminating both of their opponents for the club's second match against Atlético three weeks later.
We are talking about the players in question, represented by Mason Mount and Jorginho, as a result of which Tuchel should be forced to rearrange his package at Stamford Bridge on March 17:
Koke loves to chat with the referee, doesn't he? ... Jorginho gets yellow and, like Mount, is disqualified for the return match. #ATMCHE
- Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) February 23, 2021
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This article has been edited by Josh Barker .
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