The bet we placed with bet365 on the first leg of the Champions League clash between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea London didn’t pay off. We thought the attacking power of the two teams would guarantee goals, but with Chelsea parking not a buss, but a freight train the match ended in a 0-0 draw that gives the visitors the advantage in the second leg.
Jose Mourinho was a man with a goal, which was not to let Atletico score, but with Eto’o injured, he decided to field local star Fernando “El Niño” Torres, who obviously didn’t count for much, but to receive Vicente Calderon fans ovations. The most interesting thing from the first half was Petr Cech’s injury. Chelsea’s goalkeeper was forced off the field on the 18th minute when he tried to clear an Atletico corner, but ended up falling on his arm. Reports suggest he will miss the rest of the season and Chelsea’s honor will be defended by Mark Schwarzer.
There was also a stare off contest between John Terry and Diego Costa, which spiced up with some angry chest bumps that made the highlights of a somewhat dull match. Atletico had a clear chance to score when on the 55th minute Ribas could have taken advantage of a bad clearance by Schwarzer, yet David Luiz was in place to close down the attack.
Neither Lampard nor Cahill could break the deadlock in which Courtois kept Atletico’s line, and with the given yellow cards Chelsea has a few absentees’ worries themselves, including their captain, for the next week’s final show at Stamford Bridge.
Result: -8 units, bet lost