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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: 3 Winners & Losers as Batshuayi fires Blues to victory

Goals from Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi ensured the Blues left Madrid with three points in the bag.


We’ve witnessed great English results in the Champions League over the past decade, but few in the same vein as Chelsea’s last night.

Away against a top European side in Atletico Madrid, who reached the final of the competition in 2016, the Blues didn’t just win; they dominated.

Antoine Griezmann got Atlético off to a solid start when he converted a penalty recklessly given away by David Luiz and Saul Niguez should have made it two when he dragged his shot just wide from a parried Koke effort, but that proved to be the beginning of the end for Diego Simeone's side.

Eden Hazard pulled all the strings in his first major game of the season, but it was former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata that levelled the game with a lovely glancing header before Michy Batshuayi turned a draw into a win with virtually the last kick of the game.

RealSport have picked out the winners and the losers from an exciting game at the Wanda Metropolitano.

WINNERS

  1. 1 Alvaro Morata


    Having been a bit-part player for Real Madrid and Juventus for the majority of his career, Alvaro Morata arrived at Stamford Bridge with doubts over his consistency in front of goal.

    He's proven his doubters wrong with eight goals in nine games, including the first at the Wanda last night, further silencing critics claiming he ghosts in big games.

    Morata's goal was superb, using the pace and power of Eden Hazard's delivery to guide the ball past Jan Oblak. Also, he became the first opposition player to score at Atlético's new stadium, plus he's a former Real Madrid star to boot.

    It wasn't just his goal that made him stand out, however, as Morata was impressive throughout. He was strong against Diego Godin, one of Europe's best defenders and bullied him in aerial duels.

    Morata easily could have had scored more from his six shots, putting one chance in particular wide, from a tight angle, after using his strength to race through on goal.

    A Man of the Match performance from the Spaniard.

  2. 2 Michy Batshuayi


    It's taken a while, but Michy Batshuayi is finally developing into the player many expected him to become after his £32m move to Stamford Bridge from Marseille.

    The Belgian has been in good form this season, despite most of his appearances coming either off the bench or in cup competitions, scoring five goals in his last three games.

    Batshuayi also showed fantastic composure in a tense situation to cap a lovely Chelsea team move to score a 94th-minute winner, sealing a famous win.

    The move comprised nine passes, working the ball across the pitch before Batshuayi added the final touch to score another decisive winning goal, doing the same to seal the Premier League title away to West Brom last season.

    With Diego Costa watching on from the stands, Batshuayi asserted himself as a crucial squad member for Antonio Conte.

  3. 3 Eden Hazard


    It was as if Eden Hazard was never even injured.

    You'd be forgiven for thinking the Belgian never fractured his ankle at the beginning of the summer, such was the quality of his performance against tough opposition in his first major test of the season.

    Eased slowly back into first-team life, Hazard absolutely dominated Atlético and ran the show, setting up Morata's equaliser with a wonderfully accurate cross that the Spaniard glanced into the net.

    Eden Hazard's game by numbers:

    • 46 passes
    • 8 dribbles
    • 7 key passes
    • 4 shots
    • 1 assist

    Hazard made seven key passes on the night, the most of any player, whilst he nonchalantly hit the post with a thunderous striker from 25 yards out, as Jan Oblak just stood and watched on.

    It was the first time Hazard started a game with Morata, and the duo combined magnificently, which bodes well for the rest of the season.

LOSERS

  1. 1 Diego Costa


    It really can't get any worse for Diego Costa.

    Embarrassingly forced out of Chelsea via text message, the Spaniard spent most of his summer lounging around in his native Brazil before sealing a £55m return to Atletico Madrid in January.

    With the move now confirmed, Costa was sat in the stands watching on his former employers dominated his new employers, with his replacement, Morata, stealing the headlines, whilst Batshuayi, too, got in on the act.

    As the camera panned around the stands at the final whistle, all you could see was Costa sitting up in the director's box with his head in his hands.

    Brilliant scenes. 

  2. 2 Diego Simeone


    There wasn't too much Diego Simeone could have done to prevent this defeat, only his second home Champions League loss in 24 games with Atlético.

    However, Chelsea's performance as the underdogs was so dominant it forced Simeone to change his tactics, not exactly the most familiar of situations for the Argentine.

    Simeone was watching Chelsea perform as his side would have done a few years ago.

    Atlético were overrun were a more powerful and committed midfield, conceded a headed equaliser and saw a point snatched from them with a set piece routine right at the death.

    Times are changing.

    

  3. 3 Saul Niguez


    One of Atlético's key players, Saul had a night to forget against Chelsea at the Wanda.

    Despite Atlético's four-man midfield, they were helplessly overrun by Chelsea's five and Saul, in particular, struggled against the physicality and energy of N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

    Although he made three tackles, five interceptions and five clearances, Saul is left to rue what could have been as he missed a vital chance to double Atlético's lead with the score still 1-0.

    Thibaut Courtois poorly parried Koke's low shot back into the danger area, but Saul couldn't get his feet set, and ended up dragging his shot wide with the net gaping.

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Oli Stein

Football Editor

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has been RealSport's football editor since September 2016.

He's a Tottenham Hotspur fan first and objective football writer second!

Oli is also a defensive end for American football club the London Blitz, starting his career on the offensive line with his Bristol university team.

Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: 3 Winners & Losers as Batshuayi fires Blues to victory

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