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Giroud proves his class once again with stunning winner but Mendy has some nervy moments vs Atletico

ByDNP

Feb 24, 2021

OLIVIER GIROUD scored the decisive goal as Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The Frenchman proved his class with a gorgeous bicycle kick in the 68th that needed a lengthy VAR review first.

Olivier Giroud was Chelsea's best player in the 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid

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Olivier Giroud was Chelsea’s best player in the 1-0 win against Atletico MadridCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Here are tonight’s player ratings from Simon Phillips…

Edouard Mendy – 5

The Blues stopper almost gave away a goal to Atletico early on with a very heavy touch, and some of his passing out was poor and risky.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 5

A few poor passes and dodgy moments on the ball from the captain who didn’t exactly look full of confidence tonight.

One of his poorer games in a Chelsea shirt.

Andreas Christensen – 7

Tidy on the ball largely in build-up play but he looked unsteady at times when under pressure on the ball.

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Edouard Mendy had a game to forget after nearly gifting Atletico an early opener

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Edouard Mendy had a game to forget after nearly gifting Atletico an early openerCredit: EPA
The vital match stats
The vital match stats

Antonio Rudiger – 7

Dodgy in a couple of moments defensively but contributed well in Chelsea’s build up play and kept his nerve under pressure.

Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7

Lively and making good runs in behind but frustratingly his team mates often over hit the pass to him.

He was always a nuisance to Thomas Lemar down that right hand side.

Mateo Kovacic – 7

Good energy, but he was often wasteful with his passes in the final third which has been a reoccurring issue for Chelsea.

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Came off on 73 minutes.

Jorginho was less than impressive in midfield

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Jorginho was less than impressive in midfieldCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Jorginho – 5

His passing was really poor and he was guilty of misplacing far too many simple balls.

Not his best game in a Chelsea shirt and he was sluggish defensively. 

Marcos Alonso – 6

Some good contributions going forward but dodgy at the back.

A few good crosses but he stayed rather quiet.

Mason Mount – 8

He would have once again liked to have done better in the final third, but also once again he was one of Chelsea’s more standout players and threats in attack.

Mason Mount was sharp in an advanced role

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Mason Mount was sharp in an advanced roleCredit: EPA

Timo Werner – 6

Looked very sharp and had some neat touches in dangerous areas.

Got one good shot off in the first half and creating the chance for himself.

Second half he dropped off a little.

Olivier Giroud – 9

Help the ball up well when asked and made some decent runs, but he really came alive in the second half to score a beautiful overhead scissor kick volley to put Chelsea 1-0 up.

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Giroud's incredible bicycle kick sealed victory in Bucharest

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Giroud’s incredible bicycle kick sealed victory in BucharestCredit: Getty Images – Getty

SUBS

N’Golo Kante for Kovacic (73 mins) – 7

Came on an injected some needed energy.

Hakim Ziyech for Mount (73 mins) – 7

Few decent moments on the ball and some threatening passes.

Reece James for Hudson-Odoi (80 mins) – N/A

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Christian Pulisic for Werner (86 mins) – N/A

Kai Havertz for Giroud (86 mins) – N/A

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