Chelsea produced one of the best football performance against a Spanish side in their European history, with a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in Wednesday Champions League clash at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Coach of the Blues Antonio Conte who before the match underlined reasons why Chelsea must stamp their authority and show their European credentials, was left very satisfied with a dominant display by his wards over an Atletico Madrid side who have appeared in 2 of the last four Champions League final.
Conte took out time to praise Nigerian winger Victor Moses and his team-mates for inflicting a first defeat on Atletico Madrid by an English club side.
”This was a really big game for us and to play in this way means we are working very well,” Conte told Chelsea’s official website.
”I am very pleased for my players because they deserve to play this type of game, above all to play in this way.
After all the controversy surrounding the exit of striker Diego Costa who eventually returned to his former club Atletico Madrid and the prospective difficulty of replacing him with the acquisition of Alvaro Morata, the manner in which Chelsea out classed and out fought a normally physical Rojiblancos was impressive.
”You can win but if you only defend and counter-attack I think there isn’t the right satisfaction.
”Instead to try to play and show we are ready to play, it’s very important. The answer tonight was very positive.”
Victor Moses could have netted in the 55th minute but for his decision to take more touches instead of shooting when he was in space.
Alvaro Morata equalised for Chelsea in the second half after Antoine Greizman had given Atletico the lead from the penalty spot after David Luiz had fouled Lucas Hernandez inside the area in the first half.
Substitute Mitchy Batshuayi scored a dramatic late winner with the last kick of the match, but it could have been Moses with the goal as he was just behind the striker when the ball was crossed in.
Victor Moses will hope to join the Super Eagles camp on a high after Chelsea host Manchester City in the English premier League on Saturday.