Sacchi: Chelsea weren't a team

Chelsea Huddle

Former AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi believes that teamwork was the difference between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid last night.

The hours following Chelsea's emphatic Champions League elimination at the hands of Atletico Madrid have seen a thorough post-mortem in the press.

As Atletico celebrate their first European Cup final since 1972, where they will face city rivals Real Madrid, Chelsea are left to face the strong possibility of a trophy-less campaign.

A number of possible explanations for the Spanish side's 3-1 triumph at Stamford Bridge have been suggested and Jose Mourinho has come under fire for his decision-making.

Commenting on the game for Italian TV channel Mediaset Premium, former AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi, who is one of the most respected tactical minds in football, identified a difference between the two sides' mentalities which may have had a bearing on the result.

"I am disappointed for Chelsea but I didn't see a team," Sacchi explained. "Whereas the other side were a cohesive group.

"The first half was even because both sides were scared of each other but in the second half it was a whole different game."

Mourinho has reached the semi-final stage of the Champions League for each of the last five seasons but has only reached the final once in that time, winning it with Inter in 2010.

This latest setback will start to raise questions about Mourinho's ability to prepare a team for the biggest games of the season.

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