In a highly anticipated Champions league semi-final first leg clash in Madrid Tuesday evening, Chelsea snuffed out the Atletico Madrid threat and held on for a favourable 0-0 draw.
It was a tactical battle with little goal mouth action, which will ideally suit the Blues who had a number of players absent through injury.
Jose Mourinho's tactics from the outset were clear, and Chelsea did an excellent job restricting the hosts to a number of long shots and hopeful punts into the area.
Despite the injury to Chelsea shotstopper Petr Cech, substitute Mark Schwarzer was only really tested when Diego Costa tamely sent a header towards goal in the dying minutes, much to the relief of Chelsea's travelling contingent.
After the game, a number of Atletico Madrid players shared their views on the match, with the general feeling that they have what it takes to beat Chelsea over the two legs and reach the final in Lisbon.
'It was a classic Champions League semi-final where each team were looking for their objectives. With the support of the Chelsea crowd, they will feel better and we will see what happens next week'. (Europa Press).
'It has been what we expected. Mourinho is a great coach and he plans his matches well. He has a lot of experience, and opted for tall players to counter our potential in the air. We will go to London and look to gain a victory or a score draw'. (AS).
'We are not happy, we wanted to win. They have played a very defensive game, a game in which they wanted. They think that a good game in London will mean they reach the final in Lisbon, but so do we. We have to remain calm, we will go there and win'. (Mundo Deportivo)
'We expected a tough match, and we knew they were going to hold on. It’s still 50/50, they have a little advantage that they play in front of their fans. We will try to score a goal over there, where it is now worth double'. (AS)
'It isn’t the best of results, we wanted to win at all costs and we leave with a bad taste in our mouths but we will go to London and win at Chelsea’s ground'. (AS)