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3 talking points as Chelsea defeat Atletico Madrid in the round of 16

Chelsea have progressed into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after defeating Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have sealed their berth in the quarter-finals of the 2020/21 Champions League campaign after defeating Atletico Madrid by three goals over two legs. The Blues now join the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Liverpool, Porto, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were simply dominant in the return leg at Stamford Bridge as they not only held Atletico Madrid to a clean sheet in both the ties but also tactically outclassed the La Liga leaders. Goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri saw Chelsea secure their ticket to the quarter-final as the Blues secured a 2-0 victory against Atleti at home. Let’s have a look at some of the talking points from the fixture.
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Lusi Suarez has been phenomenal for Atletico Madrid this season in the Spanish league. However, in Europe’s elite competition, the former Barcelona striker continues to struggle. Against Chelsea, Suarez failed to register a single shot on target in both the legs and has now gone 25 consecutive games in the UCL without a goal. His last away goal was in 2015.

Even in the second leg, the 34-year-old failed to trouble the Chelsea backline. Joao Felix seemed to be the better attacker of the two as the Portuguese international was quite creative when compared to Suarez. Diego Simeone decided to take the veteran striker off in the 59th minute which did spark a heated situation as Luis Suarez was quite visibly furious with his manager’s decision to take him off.