Tuchel fantastic! Tuchel reveals what he told his players about Atletico Madrid parking the bus

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Diego Simeone had drilled his side to become hard to beat over the years, as they play a very tight form of football with massive counter-attacking skill.

Chelsea needed a disciplined performance to beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 first leg tie at the National Arena Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Chelsea players gave their all and produced a good performance to curb not only curb Luis Suarez, but any form of counter-attack from Atletico.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hailed the team for being disciplined and also revealed that he urged them on what to do if Atletico Madrid parks the bus.

“Fantastic result, fantastic goal. Well deserved,” he told BT Sport.

“We wanted to dominate in the opponents’ half, to never lose concentration, not to do any easy mistakes and always be aware of quick counter-attacks for all their quality.

“It was a very disciplined performance – a deserved shut-out. This is the hard work, a team effort – the basis for a big win.

“We knew it [Atletico packing their defence] could happen. We told the guys if it happens maybe it’s our quality and the respect. We wanted to be brave and play in their half.

“We knew they were ready to suffer with eight people in the box. The intention was to keep the intensity high. This is what we did very good. We never let them breathe or come out for counter-attacks. We have a big reward with this result.

“This is one of the toughest challenges to open a defence like Atletico.”

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