Atletico Madrid 0 Chelsea 0 - player ratings: Who was to thank for hard-fought Champions League draw? Cesar Azpilicueta? Gary Cahill? Mark Schwarzer?
All the Champions League player ratings from the Vicente Calderon
Wednesday 23 April 2014
Chelsea take a well-earned draw back to Stamford Bridge after their Champions League semi-final first leg stalemate against Atletico Madrid.
On a night lacking in any real goal scoring chances and defending very much the order of the day for Chelsea, who carded the best scores in the ratings and shone on a cagey evening at the Vicente Calderon?
The game never really got going in an attacking sense but Jose Mourinho’s defensive line-up would suggest he’ll be happy to resume in west London in a week’s time at 0-0.
Petr Cech went off early on with a suspected dislocated shoulder, thrusting Mark Schwarzer onto the biggest of stages and the Aussie coped well. The back four in front of the veteran goalkeeper defended manfully to keep their hosts at bay with centre back duo John Terry and Gary Cahill looking solid throughout.
Madrid’s striking stars couldn’t get a clear sight of goal all night long and Chelsea did well to nullify the threats of Diego Costa, Koke and the rest.
Check out the gallery of all the ratings below...
For the Blues, lone centre forward Fernando Torres found the going very tough in a more than difficult role but Chelsea defended well as a team and it's all to play for when the teams meet again next week.
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