French international Olivier Giroud put Chelsea on a goal advantage to the second leg as his team defeated Atletico Madrid in UEFA Champions League match played Tuesday night.
The Blues hitman scored a stunning second-half bicycle kick to beat the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper in a match Chelsea tactically showed maturity considering their play offensively.
“We came here with strong intentions to win the game, play our game and we know how we could give them trouble offensively” Giroud told BT Sport.
It was a match at the back Chelsea defensively was brilliant and avoided making mistakes and their new coach will be happy going into the second leg at the Stamford Bridge.
The Frenchman who is pleased with his performance and that of his team mates said,
“We know the importance of the away goal in European cups that is why I was pleased to help the team win the game, we managed it well and we were confident but faced a great team and I think we were very committed and knew their main strengths. We dealt with it but we have to stay focused and complete the job.”
The initial delay in the game after Giroud had scored the goal which needed consultation with the VAR was tensed as both team players tried to convince the referee to their advantage either to cancel the goal or award the goal to the visitors.
With Mason Mount’s effort which resulted to clearance from Mario Hermoso and Giroud positioned, and waiting in what could have been an offside, but not!, Giroud was quick to smash an overhead kick to seal the important goal to the second leg.
Meanwhile, the win comes as a boost ahead of the Blues Premier League matches against Manchester United and another against Liverpool.
With the new Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel’s tactics of more offensive play and discipline in defense the character of the team style of play is gradually changing for the better which outcome of the return leg at Stamford Bridge is important to their fans.