Tuchel on Atletico 1-0: “Chelsea didn’t give them a break. Fantastic result”

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The results of the Champions League first leg against Atletico Madrid were summarized by Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel (1-0).

“Fantastic outcome, fantastic purpose. A deserving victory. We wanted to dominate half of the opponents, not lose concentration, not make simple mistakes and always keep in mind their quick counterattacks,” Tuchel told the BBC.

“The performance was very disciplined – a well-deserved zero-sum game. The basis for the big win was hard work, team effort. We knew that Atletico could defensively close down. We told the guys that it shows our level and [the opponent’s] respect for us if that happens. We wanted to be brave and play half the pitch in someone else’s game.

We knew they were prepared to survive being with eight men in a penalty box. We didn’t let them breathe, nor did we let them go out for a counterattack. A great reward is this outcome. Breaking down a defense like Atlético de Madrid’s is one of the hardest jobs.”

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