Atletico Madrid and Chelsea played to a scoreless draw in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.
Atletico, despite carrying much of the play, could only muster a few half-chances while Chelsea recorded just a single shot on target.
Statistically, (stats courtesy WhoScored?), the Spanish outfit controlled 69% of possession and completed 83% of their passes to the Blues’ 63%
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|Atletico Madrid Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Atletico Madrid
Courtois: Yet to make a single save.
Juanfran: Getting forward often and pinning Cole into his own half.
Miranda: Yet to put a foot wrong, though he’s hardly been tested.
Godin: Committed a needless foul on Torres that gifted Chelsea a free kick in dangerous space.
F.Luis: He’s won all of his aerial battles so far.
M.Suarez: No one has touched the ball more often.
Gabi: Has completed 87% of his passes—slightly substandard.
Koke: Quite nearly scored directly from a corner.
R.Garcia: Has established himself as Atletico’s favoured target-man so far.
Diego: Four shots already for the Brazilian.
D.Costa: Fighting a pitched battle with Terry.
Full-Time analysis for Atletico Madrid
Courtois: Was only called upon to make a pair of straightforward saves.
Juanfran: Marauded down the right and completed an eye-popping 98% of his passes.
Miranda: Distribution was sub-par, but he didn’t put a foot wrong in the centre of defense.
Godin: Made three tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
F.Luis: Won each and every one of his aerial battles.
M.Suarez: Completed 89% of his passes and executed three tackles.
Gabi: Touched the ball a game-high 103 times.
Koke: Didn’t make nearly the impact he will have hoped.
R.Garcia: Atletico’s primary target-man also committed himself defensively.
Diego: Took six shots before being substituted.
D.Costa: Had the chance to nick a late winner with a header at the far post.
Turan: Completed 100% of his passes after replacing Diego on the hour-mark.
Sosa: Just 14 touches in a 10-minute cameo.
Villa: His four-minute showing left little time to make an impact.
|Chelsea Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Chelsea
Cech: Injured his shoulder on a corner and was substituted in the 18th minute.
Azpilicueta: Distribution has been poor and he’s struggled to get forward.
Cahill: Has won all of his aerial duels.
Terry: Already getting under Diego Costa’s skin.
Cole: Quite evident it’s his first start in three months.
Mikel: Made an important intervention to prevent Raul Garcia springing Diego Costa.
D.Luiz: Distribution has been appalling.
Lampard: Just 22 touches so far.
Ramires: His shot on a Chelsea counter was laughable.
Willian: Only 17 touches but a strong period defensively from the Brazilian.
Torres: Showing a willingness to track back.
Schwarzer: Came into the line of fire but has only had a single save to make.
Full-Time analysis for Chelsea
Cech: Has a separated shoulder.
Azpilicueta: Made an absolutely vital challenge on Koke early in the second half.
Cahill: Had to be especially sturdy following Terry’s injury.
Terry: Substituted midway through the second half with a foot injury.
Cole: Showed a bit more spark after the restart.
Mikel: Will miss the second leg after picking up a booking.
D.Luiz: Did well to close down space, but his passing was way, way off.
Lampard: Lucky to have not been ejected for a pair of hand-balls.
Ramires: Contributed four tackles but completed barely half his passes.
Willian: One of Chelsea’s better, more committed players on the night.
Torres: Played the full 90 minutes and got a nice ovation from his former home fans at the final whistle.
Schwarzer: Made four saves to keep Chelsea in the tie.
Schurrle: Only eight touches after replacing Terry in the 73rd minute.
Ba: Essentially a time-wasting substitution.