Owen, Lineker and more: Twitter reacts as Chelsea hold Atletico Madrid
Michael Owen and Gary Lineker both tweet their thoughts after Chelsea earn a goalless draw at Atletico Madrid
Chelsea’s battling defensive performance kept Atletico Madrid at bay as they played out a goalless draw in Spain in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
The Blues lost Petr Cech to a suspected shoulder injury after the goalkeeper fell awkwardly keeping out a corner, but Mark Schwarzer had little to do in keeping the La Liga side out.
The draw leaves the last-four tie wide open ahead of next week’s return leg at Stamford Bridge.
The game prompted plenty of activity on Twitter – and here are our favourite updates, in chronological order.
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) is getting ready for the action: “#ChampionsLeague night.”
Wigan goalkeeper Mike Pollitt (@MikePollitt12) chimes in after Petr Cech is forced off: “Can Chelsea recall Courtois? Incredible that happening to Cech tonight”
Ex-Netherlands international Mario Melchiot (@MarioMelchiot) already sees where the game is heading: “#CFC is clearly setup to defend, 2 holding midfielders. When they lose the ball they drop 20 yards from their goal. #mmlove #AtletiChelsea”
England legend Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) agrees: “Terry and Cahill been brilliant this year but full backs hardly attack, 2 sitting midfielders with 3 disciplined players ahead of them.”
Ex-Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) adds his voice to the mix: “Chelsea playing a lot of long ball at the moment aiming to get atletico to drop then they can play. Go long to come short early on”
QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin (@alefaurlin) is disappointed by the home side: “I was waiting a lot more from Atletico Madrid “The game is going the way mourinho planed” playing really compact, organised, tough to beat..”
Ex-Fulham man Brian McBride (@BMcBride20) responds after John Terry is forced off injured: “Another big blow to Chelsea. First Cech now Terry coming off with injury. One Diego Costa may find some free space now.”
Do we detect some sarcasm, Shaka Hislop? (@ShakaHislop): “There’s no way Barcelona-PSG would have been as entertaining as this.#AtletiChelsea”
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) is not surprised by Chelsea’s set-up: “Terry and Cahill were very solid, but it doesn’t half help when your fullbacks don’t attack and you’ve got a plethora of holding midfielders”
Former Liverpool man Ryan Babel (@RyanBabel) analyses the result after the final whistle: “I think Chelsea is more than satisfied with this result.. At Stamford Bridge it will be a different game as usual.. #ChampionsLeague”
Peter Reid (@reid6peter) chimes in: “Great result, Chelsea. Mike Riley should take a lot of credit !”
And finally, Owen (@themichaelowen) reckons Liverpool will benefit from proceedings: “Brendan Rodgers will be happy tonight. Couple of injuries to key Chelsea players. Mourinho needs to win. Slight change of tactics required!”