Chelsea: Tuchel laughs off question on Werner's future
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Liverpool and Manchester City have been warned Chelsea are ‘onto something’ in the Champions League after their ‘super convincing’ victory over Atletico Madrid. Any two of the Premier League rivals could be pitted against each other in Friday’s quarter-final draw.
Thomas Tuchel’s side joined Liverpool and City in the last eight after beating Atleti 2-0 on Wednesday, sealing a 3-0 aggregate victory.
Chelsea efficiently killed off their opponents’ hopes with counter-attack sucker punches from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri at Stamford Bridge.
They underlined their dominance with a sixth successive clean sheet – although they were lucky not to have Cesar Azpilicueta sent off in the first half after replays showed he impeded Yannick Carrasco when the winger was clear on goal.
Liverpool and City were also impressive as they saw off RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach respectively in their last-16 ties.
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But Rio Ferdinand said no team would want to be paired with Chelsea in Friday’s quarter-final draw – in which seedings and country protection are wiped out, meaning teams can face any of the other seven sides.
“Super convincing performance,” was the verdict of BT Sport pundit Ferdinand on Chelsea’s display against Los Rojiblancos.
“You can see what it means to the players in the blue shirts. Tuchel has got this team motoring.”
Ferdinand praised centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma for their impressive performances in keeping Luis Suarez and Joao Felix quiet.
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“They’re hard to play against,” said the former Manchester United defender. “They’re aggressive.
“That man Rudiger today, him and Zouma – aggressive, they munched the Atletico Madrid strikers. Any attacks that came their way were thwarted. There was a desire not to concede goals.”
And he also hailed goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who was alert to keep out Joao Felix’s attempt at a late equaliser before Emerson’s strike made the game safe.
“The last minute epitomised what this team is about,” added the ex-England centre-back. “Mendy last minute hasn’t done anything all game – massive save at the end.
“There’s something about them, wanting to keep clean sheets game in, game out. They’re onto something at the moment.
“I wouldn’t want to get these the way they’re playing at the moment. They’re a stingy team, they defend from the front.
Ferdinand said Chelsea’s opener showed the work ethic and quick transition that has helped them go 13 games unbeaten undr Tuchel – including nine wins.
“The first goal epitomises what they’re about – Werner making a slide tackle defending a cross, then gets up the other end to set up the goal. They’re a hard team to play against right now,” he said.
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