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Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier has heaped praise on Thomas Tuhcel and the Chelsea backline after the Blues progress in Champions League

Mar 18, 2021

Chelsea progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in seven years after a 3-0 aggregate win over La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
Olivier Giroud put Thomas Tuchel ‘s men ahead in the first leg with a fabulous overhead kick, and after a quick counter-attack featuring Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech doubled Chelsea’s aggregate lead in the second leg.
With the tie wrapped up Tuchel gave Emerson Palmieri a rare run out and the Italian scored with his first touch of the game to add a little gloss to the scoreline.
Chelsea are one of three English teams in the quarter-final draw on Friday alongside Manchester City and Liverpool.
Unlike in the previous round, there are no restrictions on the draw so the Blues could face either of their English rivals or one of Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund or Porto.
Whoever Tuchel’s team come up against Atletico defender Kieran Trippier thinks Chelsea will be a tough challenge for:
Chelsea have shown, since the manager came in, that they are defensively strong,” the former Tottenham full-back said on BT Sport.
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It is about taking your chances when you get them, and you dont get many away at Chelsea. It is a disappointing night for us, the best team won.
Trippier, a Champions League runner-up in 2019 with Spurs knows what it takes to progress in the competition and praised Chelsea for their defensive solidity and had no arguments with the result:
Every team in the Champions League is strong, but you have got to give a lot of credit to the manager, they are strong defensively and they have only conceded a couple of goals,” he said.
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You see the squad they have got and the players they have got coming off the bench. The best team won on the night and good luck to them.
Since Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge in January the Blues have gone on a fantastic run, unbeaten in 13 matches, a record start for a Chelsea manager. In that time as Trippier noted the defence has been particularly noteworthy, keeping 11 clean sheets and conceding just twice in that time and Tuchel was delighted with the performance.
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“The amount of effort and intensity, teamwork, both legs fantastic, incredible, outstanding. We Missed four key players today. Everybody else stepped up, huge support from the bench, the stands the guys who were injured,” he said after the match.
“Totally reliable, effort, intensity, incredible, hard, hard teamwork. I am very, very happy, moments incredible with the ball but never lose intensity against the ball.
“We adapt to any system the opponent played today and over the two legs, it is a big win, deserved win, and big for the quarter-finals. I am super happy for my players.”