John Terry and Gary Cahill did a number on their club's transfer target number one - Diego Costa - when the two English centre backs came up against the prolific goal-scorer at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday evening.
Chelsea escaped Spain with a clean sheet, a 0-0 result, as the West Londoners now go into the second leg at Stamford Bridge with it all to play for against Atletico Madrid.
Costa, who has been so exquisite and undeniably deadly in front of goal throughout this season, did very little to threaten Chelsea's goal, though, such was the defensive might of the Blue defenders.
Costa played with his back to goal, limiting his effectiveness, but for one renowned Briton, this is a reflection of his career. For Glenn Hoddle, £32m does not represent good value for money.
"I think Diego Costa would struggle in the Premier League," Waddle is quoted by BBC to have said.
"He's gangly and puts himself about, but you're talking about £32m. Is he worth it? I don't think so and I've seen a lot of him. I think he's decent and honest but there's not a lot of quality."
Costa has enjoyed a breakout season in La Liga. He has returned 27 goals and four assists in the Primera Division and has translated that form into Europe, scoring seven from seven Champions League appearances, with one assist to boot.