It's unclear as to whether Andre Schurrle found the game tougher to watch or play in, but the Chelsea substitute made his feelings known after the game via his Instagram page.
He wrote: "Hard match....now back home to London with my bro@marcovanginkel #peaceeee"
The German international featured for 17 minutes off the bench, replacing John Terry amid a tactical reshuffle, but found it incredibly difficult to get into the game.
During his time on the pitch, Schurrle managed just eight touches, attempting - and completing - only four passes.
He had to chip in defensively, making three clearances, giving away one foul as he worked to try and win the ball back for his team.
It was a cameo display which summed up what Chelsea had to do to get a result last night, but their performance should be commended rather than belittled as it has been in some quarters.
Had Chelsea turned up with an expansive gameplan and attacked, it's likely Atletico would have found a way to get past their defence and take an advantage into the second leg. Now it's Chelsea who hold the upper hand, with star player Eden Hazard likely to return.
Whether Schurrle gets a chance to feature remains to be seen; the international may land up playing against Liverpool this coming weekend. Whether he finds that any easier, is another matter.