Former Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola has said that Atletico Madrid were simply too good for Jose Mourinho’s ‘cautious’ tactics in their Champions league semi-final defeat, According to Sky
After a 0-0 draw in the first-leg, the Blues returned to Stamford Bridge with hope of reaching the final but were defeated 3-1 by the La Liga leaders.
Zola believes that playing the second-leg in England was a massive advantage for the Spanish side due to the away goals rule and admits that is what ultimately cost Chelsea.
“It is always a risk when you go into the second game with a 0-0. If you’re playing at home in the first leg of a Champions League game and you draw 0-0, then you are quite happy,” said Zola.
“In the second game, the pressure is on the home team and it can become difficult for them. In my opinion, Jose was trying to be cautious in the beginning to try to do something more aggressive in the end, when the opposition was more tired – but it didn’t work out.
“Atletico Madrid is such a big team and in a perfect moment, so nothing could work against them – it’s as simple as that.
“Sometimes when the opposition is so good then it’s just part of football. On the day, Atletico were better.”
With European glory no longer on the cards, Chelsea must now turn their attentions back to the Premier League where they still have a chance for the domestic trophy.
The former Italy striker insisted that Chelsea’s Champions League defeat will only make them stronger and believes they are up to the task of taking Liverpool and Manchester City to the wire.
“Chelsea are very ambitious,” added the 47-year-old. “Jose is such a good manager and I’m sure they will get better and stronger from yesterday’s game.
“Their task is big. There are so many strong teams, especially in Europe, but Chelsea are a part of that.”
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