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Chelsea grinds out scoreless draw in Madrid
April 22nd, 2014 6:06PM
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[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Defense-minded Chelsea got the result it was looking for, settling for a 0-0 tie in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League series at Atletico Madrid.

Atletico, playing in the semifinals of Europe's biggest competition for the first time in 40 years, was the aggressor but could not score against Chelsea, which has a history of holding off more fancied teams.

Even the loss of goalkeeper Petr Cech with an injury to his right shoulder in the 15th minute did not unsettled Jose Mourinho's Blues at the Vicente Calderon.

Both teams will lose players for the second legs as Atletico captain Gabi and Chelsea midfielders Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel were cautioned and will be suspended for yellow-card accumulation.

For Chelsea, which already went into the game with a reduced squad, the injuries continue to mount up. Besides Cech, longtime defender Jon Terry went off injured, and both will miss the rest of the season.



2 comments
  1. Andres Yturralde
    commented on: April 22, 2014 at 9:25 p.m.
    This was not soccer to me. 'It was more like 19th century football.' Atletico with 1,001 crosses into the box to no avail. Chelsea parking the bus and not connecting more than five passes until about the 85th minute. I understand there's a lot to be said for tactics and strategy under this kind of pressure, but I expected just a little bit more from both of these teams. I guess it's all my fault. And that's why now I'm watching Bolivar vs Leon (Copa Libertadores, Sweet16, 2nd leg). A lot more mix-and-match and give-and-go; in other words, a lot more soccer. All while I wait for a better match between Madrid and Bayern tomorrow.
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: April 23, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
    You will never see anything but a defensive oriented match in the first leg of a 2 legged knockout tie when one of the managers is Mourinho. He has one of the richest line-ups in the world and always plays them like Tony Pulis fighting to avoid relegation. Sad, sad, sad!

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