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Atlético Madrid vs. Chelsea, Champions League: Half-time report

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Atletico Madrid v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Eden Hazard has hit the post and Álvaro Morata has come close twice as Chelsea have largely controlled proceedings in the first-half against Atlético Madrid. Atlético unfortunately do lead 1-0, as they got a gift of a penalty from the referee that Griezmann converted. Sure, it was technically a foul by David Luiz, but same thing went uncalled 10 minutes prior on Morata in the Atléti box.

Hazard, in general, has been Chelsea’s most threatening player, but Morata has not been afraid to shoot and both Kanté and Bakayoko have been pressing effectively. The midfield trio of the 3-5-2 has been quite fluid at times, with Fàbregas sticking mostly to the left side but the other two switching around very well. Chelsea’s back three have been solid and have handled the few instances of Atléti pressure very well. That said, the home side have been happy to sit back, stay compact, and look to counter — just like they did with the final action of the half where they almost doubled their lead.

With the home side ahead, Chelsea face a tough task to get back on level terms. But we’ve worked a few openings, so we just need a bit more luck. Atléti will undoubtedly get a few opportunities to extend their lead, but the points are far from decided just yet.