Matchday Live:
Chelsea versus Atletico Madrid

Ziyech 34'; Emerson 90+3'

And that's a wrap from me, Toby Farmer...

It was a convincing win in the end for Tuchel's team. After dismantling potentially tricky opposition in Atletico Madrid, I wouldn't bet against them going the distance.

I'm already very excited for the rest of the knockout games in the Champions League... the football doesn't stop!

There's more European action in the Europa League tomorrow, followed by the draw for both competitions on Friday.

It's been a busy week of football, thanks for following it with us!

Thank you to all those who contributed tonight! Goodnight.

All smiles as the Chelsea manager and captain embrace.

After another impressive display from Chelsea, take a look at Ben Northcott's delightfully detailed analysis of Tuchel's tactics.

It looks like Chelsea could be a dangerous side in the quarter-finals.

The draw is on Friday and will feature Liverpool, Man City, Borussia Dortmund, PSG, Porto, Borussia Dortmund, and tonight's winners, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Many thanks to Luke James for stepping in as super-sub!

And that just about wraps-up a fairly convincing night for Chelsea. Impressive from the first minute, they kept Atletico at arms-length throughout the game.

As for Los Rojiblancos, a disappointing night. However, it could still be a jubilant year should they see-off title challengers Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga.


Chelsea are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

I'm back! What did I miss?

After some internet issues, I'm (Toby Farmer) back... and what's this?


Emerson 90+3 mins

It's a classic breakaway goal. Emerson, who has just come on as a sub, is part of a three-on-one. Pulisic with the assist before the left-back slides it past Oblak. Done. And. Dusted.

Bayern Munich: back-to-back contenders?

Former... checks notes... Stoke City forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has scored to put Bayern 6-1 up on aggregate.

Hansi Flick's side look incredible of late. LJ.


Guess who's back... back again.

Toby is having some internet issues, so I (Luke James) have been subbed back in for the next couple of minutes. I'll sign all of my posts with an 'LJ'.

(78 mins) The game is settling into a comfortable pattern for Chelsea. The hosts are dominating possession and Atletico can't lay a finger on them.

(73 mins) Chelsea are playing some great stuff. English sides are looking strong in the Champions League this year.

On the other hand, Atletico have been disappointing.

(61 mins) Werner goes close with a left-footed effort. It whistles just past the top corner as Chelsea keep pushing.

Chelsea getting ever closer to another goal. That would put the tie to bed, surely? Impressive from Tuchel's side.

(59 mins) It's been a disappointing night for Luis Suarez.

Speaking of which, he's just been replaced by Angel Correa.

(53 mins) Dembele is on for Atletico... but Chelsea keep pushing. Rudiger nearly scores a wonderful effort from 30 yards. Moments later Ziyech produces a save from Oblak.

It's all Chelsea.

(47 mins) An early chance for Ziyech in the second-half. He forces a low shot from a tight angle against Oblak.


Will Chelsea ease through or can Atletico turn it around?


Bayern have extended their aggregate lead to 5-1.

My question is... who is Mohamed Salim Fares hiding from here? Lewandowski? Sane? Goretzka?

I don't envy you Mohamed...

A very good half for Chelsea. Aggressive, positive and precise.

Chelsea: 45 minutes from the quarters.


Chelsea 1-0 Atletico

Chelsea lead through Ziyech's 34th minute effort. Atletico need at least two goals to progress. Tuchel's Blues look good!

(43 mins) Chelsea are playing well. They force a mini goal-mouth scramble, before Kovacic plants his long-range effort wide.

Important moment for Ziyech. Important goal for Chelsea.

(38 mins) This is better from Atletico. Llorente puts in a wonderful cross, although no attacker is on the end of it.

Moments later, a deflected Felix shot falls into the hands of Mendy.

(36 mins) More defending for Atletico to do. Savic makes an important block at the near post after good work from Reece James.


Hakim Ziyech (34 mins)

Ziyech with a big moment for Chelsea. Werner bursts down the left wing as Atletico are vulnerable. The Moroccan playmaker is free in the box and Werner slides it across to him. A simple enough finish and its 1-0 on the night.

(32 mins) Renan Lodi gets booked before feeling contact and going down screaming. He seems to be learning a few tricks of Luis Suarez...

Robert Lewandowski has just scored in Munich to give Bayern a 5-1 lead. Imagine my shock.

(26 mins) PENALTY SHOUT!

Yannick Carrasco seems to be pulled back by Azpilicueta in the box. There might not have been a lot of contact, but you've seen them given.

VAR doesn't even check the incident.

There might be a more convincing penalty shout here...

(22 mins) Suarez takes on Rudiger on the right flank. He beats the defender before Rudiger seems to barge him over. It was right on the edge of the box, but the referee waves it away. First signs of lethal Luis Suarez.

(19 mins) Chelsea will be happy with this start. They might've been happier had Werner finished past Oblak, though.

Diego Simeone is already gesticulating on the touchline...caption contest, anyone?

(14 mins) No big chances yet. However, Chelsea have seen plenty of the ball. 75% of it, to be precise.

Suarez will be keeping on eye on him...

(06 mins) Lots of open spaces early in the game, but Chelsea are beginning to dictate the tempo. Reece James and Marcos Alonso are providing plenty of width for the home side.

(01 mins) Early signs show Atletico are going for it. Llorente has a shot blocked, before Werner is flagged offside at the other end of the field.


We're under way at Stamford Bridge.

Isn't it nice to be back at a proper home ground in the Champions League?

Final pre-match thoughts:

Chelsea could miss Mason Mount tonight, but I feel they still have enough to progress. Giroud coming on could be a huge factor.

A big night for Ziyech?

With Mount out, Hakim Ziyech has been practising his shooting in the warm-up. Tonight is a huge chance for the former Ajax man to make his mark under Tuchel.

Some great thoughts on Twitter, keep them coming!


Not long to go now...

FACT: Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their last two visits to Stamford Bridge

I certainly hope you're right, Luke. It should make for an exciting game.

Speaking to BT Sport, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has called Luis Suarez, his opponent tonight, a pain in the a***.


All signs point towards Chelsea...

My question for those following along...

How do you expect Simeone to set up his team? Will Atleti come out of their shell tonight?

Let me know on Twitter:

1) Possibly so, but I think they will be positive, as they have been under Tuchel so far. It may suit them if Atletico decide to attack more.

2) Well... seeing as I'm having it for dinner tonight, I'd have to say Burger and chips. Followed by a beer, post-match of course.

No nonsense.

Who will progress through to the quarter finals? Let us know on Twitter!

Remember this?

Olivier Giroud certainly does. Any prospect of him replicating his heroics will have to wait.... he's on the bench tonight.

Tough to take down...

Chelsea are unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel, conceding just twice in their last 10 games.

Will Suarez, Felix and Co. find a way to break them down?

Personally, I've been thinking about 'Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea!'

Kieran Trippier is back after serving his suspension.

Zouma is in for Christensen.

Chelsea are without Mason Mount. That's a huge loss for the Blues.


Before the team news, I'm sure everyone from The Boar Sport would like to thank Luke James, who is stepping down as editor after a wonderful year of sport.

Take a look at his 2020/21 review.

But in their way...

This is an Atletico Madrid side that will not simply blow over. Furthermore, Diego Simeone's side are serial beaters of English sides in this competition, having knocked out Chelsea in 2014, Leicester in 2017, and Liverpool in 2020.

English teams could dominate this year's quarter finals

Liverpool are on their way, Manchester City breezed through last night, and now Chelsea can confirm a place in the last eight.

The last time three English sides qualified for the quarter-finals, Liverpool lifted the trophy...

Is anyone backing Lazio? Let me know by tweeting @BoarSport!

Holders Bayern Munich face Lazio in the other UCL game tonight. The German giants hold a 4-1 lead as they return home to the Allianz Arena. Lazio face a huge task.

It's a sight we're getting very used to seeing...

We haven't got too long to wait to find out this year's final eight. Tonight, Bayern Munich, Lazio, Chelsea, and Atletico Madrid are hoping to join:

  1. Real Madrid
  2. Liverpool
  3. Man City
  4. FC Porto
  5. Borussia Dortmund
  6. Paris Saint-Germain...

in the quarters.

Diego Simeone's side may have to throw their defensive armour away tonight. To reach the quarter-finals, Atleti will have to beat a stubborn Chelsea defence

Next up... Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid

Team News

  • Mason Mount is injured,
  • Jorginho is banned,
  • Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham remain on the sidelines

It's disappointing that Mason Mount won't feature tonight. He has been Chelsea's POTY so far.

Pre-Match Press Conference: Tuchel

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has stressed the quality of opposition in Atletico Madrid tonight, despite his side's advantage going into the second-leg:

"Diego Simeone's team are one of the hardest to beat in Europe and have a very complete squad. They can press high, defend low and play in many ways. But they tend to base their play on a strong defence. A 1-0 lead does not change much."

Poll: which side will progress to the quarters?

Pre-Game Listening Recommendation:

Yesterday, we spoke to Free Sports ice hockey commentator Aaron Murphy. Throughout the interview, we asked him about his career, the NHL, and the return of British ice hockey.

If you're a seasoned hockey fan, or are just looking for a reason to start following the sport, this podcast will be interesting to you.

Women's Champions League: Chelsea 3-1 Atletico Madrid

Interestingly, Chelsea Women faced Atletico Madrid Femenino in the last sixteen of the WUCL earlier this month.

Emma Hayes' side came away with the upper-hand, winning the first leg 2-0 and drawing the second 1-1. Will history repeat itself in the men's fixture this evening?

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The Blues face Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals.

Chelsea: looking good under Tuchel

The Blues have been in fine form under German head coach Thomas Tuchel; they're up to fourth in the Premier League standings.

The West London club drew 0-0 with Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday. This weekend, the Blues host Sheffield United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

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Atletico Madrid: hard at work

Diego Simeone's side were training at their facility in Majadahonda yesterday afternoon. Atleti, currently top of La Liga by four points, drew 0-0 against Getafe last weekend.

In order to progress, the Spaniards will need a better result this evening, they trail Chelsea 1-0 after the first leg.

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The Boar Sport Podcast:

Ahead of the first leg, I joined Luke James, Ben Northcott, Mitchell Ryan, and James Palmer to preview the Champions League round of sixteen.

To warm-up ahead of tonight's game, the podcast is available to stream on all platforms.

To interact with tonight's live blog, tweet your thoughts regarding the match to @BoarSport and @Farmer_Toby.