1. Eden Hazard Is Back!!
Following a difficult start to the season in which the Belgian winger missed the start of the campaign, with an ankle injury picked up in the summer on international duty, the mazy dribbler showed his class against Atletico Madrid with a inspiring performance.
Setting up Alvaro Morata for the equaliser, his cross was excellent and his runs at the Atletico Madrid was a constant threat as the stocky midfielder showed the injury did not affect his balance on the ball and dribbling skills, as the former PFA player of the year ripped the La Liga side to shreds.
2. Atletico Madrid Game Plan Nearly Paid Off
It took until the final seconds of the game for Chelsea to latch onto a deserved three points. However, despite a number of missed chances, the game plan of Atletico Madrid to soak up the pressure and hit the opposition on the counter attack looked moments away from paying off.
An away victory for Chelsea was justified by Michy Batshuayi’s last gasp winner, but a number of blocks and stubborn defending showed why Atletico Madrid are such a force in Europe. Manager Diego Simeone sets up his teams to frustrate the opponents and his side nearly grabbed a surprising draw.
3. David Luiz Shows Familiar Erratic Behaviour Once More
A shock for many fans and pundits ensued when Antonio Conte brought David Luiz back to Stamford Bridge for £30m. Fast forward a year later and the forward-thinking Brazilian defender played an integral part in Chelsea’s Premier League win, as Conte switched to three at the back.
Although he showed his worth in the heart of the defence, against Arsenal he showed his erratic side that has always played a part in his spontaneous displays, as the centre back lunged in for a rash and unnecessary challenge.
Against Atletico Madrid he demonstrated a similar lack in concentration, needlessly pulling the shirt of Los Rojiblancos defender Lucas Hernández, nearly costing his side dearly.
4. Chelsea Show Never-Say-Die Attitude
Against a tricky opposition, Chelsea could have easily dusted themselves down and accepted it wasn’t meant to be away to Atletico Madrid, after failing to make a number of chances count at Wanda Metropolitano.
Nevertheless, Conte’s men showed the grit and determination needed to succeed in the illustrious Champions League, working hard until the final breaths of the game, still trying to pass their opposition into submission.
A patient build up of play in the 93rd minute was not a one off, as the Blues showed they were a class act by never giving up, earning a well deserved win in the last kick of game through persistence and sheer will-power.
5. N’Golo Kanté Even Effective as Attacking Midfielder
In the last couple of season’s, N’Golo Kanté has been a game changer for former side Leicester City and his current employee’s Chelsea, helping both teams to unprecedented Premier League trophies. The tireless midfielder has been pivotal in both title wins through his never-ending work rate, reading of the game and protection of the defence.
However, he also showed his versatility and attacking nous to prove to everyone that he can do both sides of the game, as Conte utilised the French box-to-box midfielder in a more advanced role, ahead of Cesc Fabregas and new signing Tiémoué Bakayoko.
Breaking forward on a number of occasions while also showing an eye for goal, the 26-year-old showed he is a man of many talents and not just a defensive midfielder, adding another layer to his game.