Balague: Chelsea tactics against Atletico were like a small team

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Sky Sports columnist and La Liga expert has been critical of Jose Mourinho's approach to the club's Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid.

Is there more to playing football than winning?

Chelsea left Vicente Calderon having scored a rare draw for a match in Atletico Madrid's manor. Los Colchoneros have an extremely competitive record at home, they are undefeated in La Liga this season having won 15 times, drawn just thrice and have scored 48 goals against nine conceded.

Atleti are also bossed by a meticulous strategist, possess an in-demand striker and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was obviously wary of the threat posed by the Spaniards away from home.

After all, the Blues already made the quarterfinal hard for themselves by losing 3-1 to Paris Saint Germain at the Parc des Princes, leaving them with an arduous task in the second leg at Stamford Bridge - which they ultimately accomplished.

Mourinho may have always regarded a 0-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal to be a positive result, as the Portuguese could then rely on his strong record at home - with 40,000+ Stamford Bridge fans - to oversee Atleti.

The defensive approach - a parking of the bus in front of Atletico's goal - though, has not won Chelsea admirers, as La Liga expert Guillem Balague has questioned the mentality, claiming that they "played like a small team".

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