The significance of Thomas Tuchel’s first Champions League win with Chelsea

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An affair touted as two bright football masterminds clashing in the Champions League Round of 16 ended in a handy 1-0 away victory to Thomas Tuchel’s Blues.

Chelsea faced stern competition in the form of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid who they now boast a lofty record against; being the only English team to win against them twice.

It was nothing less of a shock to see Diego Simeone enter the game with his now popular 3-5-2 formation, which has evolved from his previous low block 4-4-2 that became synonymous with the style to expect from Los Colchoneros.

Simeone’s curious approach to the game came in the form of setting up in a defensive shape of a 6-3-1 behind the ball as the reliable yet versatile, Marcos Llorente, was tasked with sticking to his man in Timo Werner.

The Chelsea man continuously ran into the half-spaces between the compact low block and the same could be said of Hermoso with Mason Mount and Thomas Lemar with Callum Hudson-Odoi.

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