Chelsea show character to win at Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak 7 (out of 10), Juanfran 6, Filipe Luis 6, Lucas Hernandez 6, Diego Godin 6, Thomas Partey 7, Koke 7, Saul Niguez 7, Antoine Griezmann 6, Yannick Carrasco 6, Angel Correa 6.

Zola, speaking on The Debate, adds Costa's replacement Alvaro Morata is technically great, but is holding back judgement on whether he is the full package.

Batshuayi is no stranger to scoring at the death, after his late goal against West Brom at the Hawthorns won Chelsea the Premier League last season. The impressive Eden Hazard - who had hit the post before the break - picked out Alvaro Morata with a clever cross from the left and the Spaniard turned the ball into the net. It was often a joy watching the two combine, and it is a great shame that we will never witness it again.

Atletico were struggling to deal with Chelsea's formation with three central defenders and two wing backs, which gave them numerical superiority in the middle of the park. "But, I repeat, I have no problem with him". 'Atletico in the last few years have arrived to the Champions League final, so it was a very good test and we took the three points and now we can move on, relax and put this mentality into the Premier League.

Costa scored a total of 58 goals from 109 appearances for Chelsea.

"The opponent was the better team, they were the more comfortable team in all moments, and deserved to win", Simeone said.

Asked if the performance was the Blues' best of the season, Hazard told Chelsea TV: "Yes, in the Champions League also". At this level it is rare to see such a lack of vibrant football, or so many occasions when passes are misplaced and two sides play with so little penetration'.

"They will be one of the teams that believe that are capable of winning the competition this season". Morata came up against the Citizens two years ago in the UEFA Champions League when he was on loan at Juventus, netting the victor in a 2-1 triumph at the Etihad. But I don't think the performance was spectacular it was so professional, the discipline in how they set up and credit to the manager for that.

  • Leroy Wright