Three things Tuchel got right as Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid – and one wrong

Chelsea will have to keep Atletico Madrid from scoring in the second leg after a 0-0 draw in Romania.

The Blues were the more attacking of the two teams, with Diego Simeone's men looking to spring them on the counter.

But ultimately, the Argentine will consider it job done after keeping the Premier League outfit from scoring a vital away goal.

With such a big squad at his disposal, it was interesting to see how Thomas Tuchel set up – bringing Callum Hudson-Odoi back into the team with Olivier Giroud leading the line.

What did Tuchel get right against Atletico, though? And what did he get wrong?

Hudson-Odoi revival

After subbing him on and then off, Tuchel started Callum Hudson-Odoi with the weekend already behind the two of them.

And the Englishman was a constant threat for Chelsea, taking advantage of Thomas Lemar's defensive lapses to get in behind.

A better final pass and the 20-year-old could have had a goal or assist.

Trust in Mount

Another youngster to gain Tuchel's trust is Mason Mount, who had another superb game for the Blues.

However, after picking up a booking with a foul of Joao Felix after one minute, many managers could have hauled off the midfielder to avoid a second – especially following another infringement.

But Tuchel allowed him to stay on for a long duration of the match and how right he was after a brilliant display.

Giroud's the man

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  • One of the biggest conundrums of Tuchel's stewardship is who to play up front and Giroud gave him a fine case to show why it should be him.

    A stupendous overhead kick opened the scoring for Chelsea and proved that age is just a number.

    The Blues will no doubt miss his presence next season, with his contract expiring at the end of the year.

    Jorginho no-show

    Tuchel has stuck to his guns with his midfield pivot over Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho – who have been his preferred duo.

    But not playing N'Golo Kante in a match of this magnitude must go down as a mistake on the German's behalf.

    The energetic midfielder would have been perfect to combat Atletico's counter-attacking while Jorginho put on a horrorshow with his passing.

    In the first half, the Italian misplaced several through balls that would have seen Chelsea through.

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