Olivier Giroud’s spectacular overhead kick gave Chelsea an outstanding win against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League in the round of 16 in Bucharest

Giroud’s great moment of improvisation not only brought the win and an important away goal, it also continued the unbeaten start of new manager Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea and put them on pole position to advance to the quarterfinals

In a tie in Romania instead of Spain due to Covid-19 restrictions, Giroud showed athleticism and technique to make it into 68 Minute to achieve an acrobatic performance beyond Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak The goal was originally disqualified for offside before a review by a video assistant revealed that the ball had ricocheted off Atletico defender Mario Hermoso

It was a reward for Chelsea’s more progressive style given the usual wear and tear shown by Diego Simeone’s Atletico they rarely interfered with Tuchel’s side comfortably keeping the in-shape but increasingly frustrated Luis Suarez at bay

Chelsea are now eight games unbeaten since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard, while Giroud emerges as the Champions League talisman after scoring all four goals in the group stage win against Sevilla and beating Rennes at the last minute

Tuchel’s Chelsea have been more efficient than spectacular since the German coach was appointed after Lampard’s departure in January – but after the most impressive result of his short tenure, there will be no complaints

Chelsea were considered underdogs in this round of 16 against the La Liga leaders, but apart from a few early horrors – goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had a bad control early in the game before Suarez shot the ball over the goal – they were in charge / p>

It will increase the confidence of Chelsea that they have appointed a coach who will act at the highest level after reaching the Champions League final with Paris St-Germain last season and the impressive performance at Borussia Dortmund

And once again, 34-year-old Giroud has shown what a smart and talented player he is, with a bit of ingenuity that set a close game to give Chelsea high hopes for the return leg

Giroud has proven time and again that he is invaluable to Chelsea, which shows what a bargain he was at £ 18million from Arsenal in January 2018

It was also a good night for young English striker Callum Hudson-Odoi, who performed well following the move debts after substituting as a substitute in Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Southampton

Hudson-Odoi was replaced again after 79 minutes in Bucharest, but this was after an energetic and hard-working performance that Taskmaster Tuchel will have won over for Chelsea in an extremely satisfactory night

This was a sad performance by an Atletico Madrid team who did superbly domestically at Real Madrid, Sevilla and Barcelona

Atletico took a more conservative approach than Chelsea, although this was their “home game”, albeit on a neutral ground, and the old street fighter Suarez was reduced to familiar moments of the art of the game to unsettle his opponents the Premier League team detained

It was a game that indicated that Chelsea were the platform for progression in the second leg, but Atletico’s resilience, ability to fight odds and love of being the underdog still make them a threat / p>

Simeone has to inspire his players to a great performance in the second leg but they can never be written off, as Liverpool – widespread in the Premier League back then – painfully discovered when they were eliminated by Atletico over two legs that stage last year The season ended with a 3-2 win at Anfield after a 2-0 deficit

Chelsea have had an excellent result and their fate is now in their own hands, but Tuchel will not and cannot allow complacency against an Atletico team that may only have to deal with the second leg

“We wanted to dominate the opposing half, never lose concentration, not make any slight mistakes and be aware of counterattacks faster and faster with all quality

“It was a very disciplined achievement – a well-deserved cordon. This is the hard work, a team effort – the basis for a great victory

“We knew they were ready to suffer with eight people in the box The intensity should be kept high We did this very well We never let them breathe or come out to counterattacks We have a great reward with this result

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