Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel praised his players after a fine display in their last of 16 first leg tie against La Liga’s current leaders Atletico Madrid.
Olivier Giroud’s marvelous overhead kick was enough to secure a 1-0 victory on the night giving Chelsea the advantage going into the second leg.
The match was played in Bucharest due to coronavirus travel restrictions between the United Kingdom and Spain.
The Blues have been on a good run of form since the German manager took over from Frank Lampard last month.
The former Paris Saint Germain gaffer has conceded just two goals in eight games as Chelsea manager.
”I am super happy for my players and the team for such a big reward. We actually can read it on the score line that we have the result against top opponents.” The Chelsea manager said.
At 34 years and 146 days, Olivier Giroud became the oldest player to score a Champions League goal for Chelsea and also the oldest to do it for an English club since Ryan Giggs for Manchester United.
Simeone has seen his usually tight defence without a clean sheet in eight matches.
“It’s football. Sometimes you have to win, other times lose” goalkeeper Jan Oblak said.
”We have another game left, we have to raise our heads, also in La Liga and we have to prepare, be strong and improve game by game.