Chelsea legend Lampard: Azpilicueta as important as Hazard, Morata

Vincent De Villiers
Setembro 28, 2017

Fernando Torres arrived at Chelsea with a reputation for scoring goals during his time at Liverpool, and previously at Atletico.

"But Chelsea are the better side". "This competition brings you to another level". He was replaced by Batshuayi, who buried Marcos Alonso's cutback with the last kick of the game to score the fifth goal in six appearances, only three of them starts.

Oblak was a necessarily more active participant after the first half ticked past midway and Morata's header from David Luiz's raking pass forced him to tip over.

Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata and Chelsea have been urged to take their Champions League opportunity at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night. "We kept our head on the pitch". Could he live with his club-record transfer fee, an initial 58 million pounds (now $77.5 million)?

And asked point blank who he thought was the better of the two managers, Simeone replied: "Conte".

Asked to assess Batshuayi's contribution from the bench, Conte stressed the youngster was still very much a work in progress: "He struggled a lot to understand the league last year, but he's improving".

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Hazard, who often dropped deep to act as playmaker-in-chief, continued to cause problems for a resolute Atletico, who were on the back foot for the majority of the opening half.

Speaking to France Football magazine, Hazard said: "You don't need that (tracking back to help out the defence)". He has all the possibilities to do this for us.

It is only what Uefa term match day two of the Champions League but this is the kind of result that reverberates around Europe.

That new-look Chelsea frontline, though, is a potent and a productive one.

Morata and Cesc Fabregas then passed up huge chances before Batshuayi struck the decisive blow with the last kick of the game after a patient team move tore a tiring Atletico to shreds. "It's the right moment".

Hazard played a crucial part on numerous occasions, looking fired up in front of a bouncing Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. "My surprise is for this because there is the time [to play the game later]".

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