Chelsea 1-3 Atletico: Juanfran skips past Hazard for two goals

May 2, 2014

The starting line-ups - Koke and Turan regularly swapped positions

Atletico set up an all-Madrid European Cup final with a convincing victory at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho welcomed back John Terry but Petr Cech was still out, and Frank Lampard was suspended. He surprisingly named six natural defenders in his starting XI, with Cesar Azpilicueta pushed forward to the right of midfield and David Luiz in the holding role.

Diego Simeone named Adrian Lopez, rather than Diego or David Villa as Diego Costa’s support, while Gabi’s unavailability meant Mario Suarez played instead.

Same drill as last week, alas – text is over at the Guardian, but some StatsZone graphics to accompany it below…

Possession was pretty much even:

Tiago usually received the ball in deep positions but played the two key passes of the match, to Juanfran:

The similarity between those two goals was striking:

Hazard was often involved in attack…

…but his defensive negligence cost Chelsea.

Mourinho believes it was Hazard that was primarily responsible for the defeat. “Eden is the kind of player that is not so mentally ready to look back to his left-back and to leave his life for him,” he said. “If you see the first goal of Atletico you completely understand where the mistake was and why we conceded that goal. The perfect team at the top level cannot make these kinds of mistakes…no, I’m not happy. He needs to improve.”

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