At the Vicente Calderon last night, Chelsea ultimately secured the result which they came for. In a classic Jose Mourinho away day battle, the Londoners delivered a performance of limited offensive ambition and successfully absorbed all that the home side had to offer.
Criticisms of “parking the bus” were inevitably levelled at Chelsea but it was an efficient performance which meant that Atletico Madrid ultimately failed to make the most of their home advantage.
A job well done then, right?
Football fans took to Twitter following the draw to debate the wisdom of Mourinho’s strategy. Many believe that the scoreline made Chelsea favourites to progress in the return leg next week.
— Mukesh Kini (@mukeshkini) April 22, 2014
Chelsea players played to instructions and were tactically sound … That’s their game and big ups to em good result for em!
— JOSH (@Joshariez) April 22, 2014
Chelsea very boring but very effective tonight, good result, set up was good. Came for a draw and got it.
— Ed Butterworth (@EdButterworth94) April 22, 2014
You guys can criticise Chelsea for parking bus but oh well at least we managed a good result bringing it back home. #hatersgonnahate
— Darren Teh (@Tehsanity_) April 22, 2014
However, others argue that the failure to score an away goal could prove costly.
Why are commentators saying 0-0 is a good result for Chelsea? If U fail to score away U are the one at disadvantage in the next leg at home.
— Lance Guma (@LanceGuma) April 22, 2014
Lot of people saying ‘ends justify the means’ about Mourinho’s tactics tonight. That assumes this good result for Chelsea. Im not so sure.
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 22, 2014
How are these pundits saying it’s a good result for Chelsea. Atletico have 2 scenarios that can see them into the final, Chelsea only have 1
— A$AP £zzy £vöd (@Goonerific10) April 22, 2014
With the tie so evenly poised, many couldn’t decide which side benefited most from the result.
0-0 is a good result for Atletico. And for Chelsea
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) April 22, 2014
Just saw the Chelsea result, good or bad?
— Zach (@Zach19Lewis) April 22, 2014
0-0 is a good result for both teams.. but Chelsea not scoring an away goal will come back to haunt them.
— Big Nwa (@UbaSocrates) April 22, 2014
Chelsea result in Madrid tonight might be good enough. Let’s see next Weds at the Bridge.
— Tim Hall (@Timhl99) April 22, 2014
Speaking after the game, Atletico manager Diego Simeone stressed that the draw meant Chelsea now held the advantage. But without a crucial away goal, football fans aren’t so sure whether the 0-0 scoreline favours the Blues in the return leg next week.