Chelsea participant rankings v Atletico Madrid: Olivier Giroud the big name whilst Christensen, Alonso shine in defence

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Chelsea silence Atletico Madrid as Thomas Tuchel demonstrates his Champions League credentials

A combination of VAR and individual brilliance put Chelsea in control of this Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid. A goal that never looked like coming, came out of nothing, thanks to a wonderful bicycle kick from Olivier Giroud that was first ruled out for offside and then awarded after review. VAR may take away some of the spontaneity and sheer passion of the game – but no Chelsea fan will have a word said against it after it ensured a 1-0 win in the first leg of this round-of-16 tie.

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