Jose Mourinho 'masterminded' Chelsea's defensive draw at Atletico Madrid, says Ray Wilkins
Ray Wilkins says Jose Mourinho 'masterminded' Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.
Last Updated: 23/04/14 10:52am
The goalless first leg hands the 2012 European champions an advantage in the second leg at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday and former Blues assistant coach Ray Wilkins told Sky Sports News that the away performance was a tactical masterclass by their manager.
He said: "It's a fantastic result and I thought they would go out there and do that.
"It really was a rearguard action but one, once again, masterminded by Mr Mourinho.
"He's a master of sending his team out to get what they require. I think they're the only team left in the tournament that can actually keep a clean sheet and when it comes to a one-off game that's going to be vitally important.
"They were terrific. Defensively they were so solid.
"Although they didn't attack Atletico at all in the game and I felt sorry for Fernando Torres, who was running around like a lunatic up front but the ball just wasn't coming for him."
The result comes at a cost to Chelsea who will host the La Liga leaders next week without Frank Lampard and Jon Obi Mikel through suspension, while John Terry and Petr Cech both suffered potential season-ending injuries.
But Wilkins, who helped coach the west London club to Premier League glory in 2009-10, believes they have what it takes to win the competition final in Portugal this May.
"It will be tough for Atletico to go through and I expect Chelsea to do it," he said.
"It was a fantastic performance by Chelsea and hopefully they'll be able to carry that through. He [Mourinho] is halfway there to reaching the final.
"They've drawn in a very, very hostile environment today and I think they'll beat Atletico at Stamford Bridge next week - but they're going to have to attack and Atletico are good on the break so it will be difficult.
"There's also no Frank Lampard, Petr Cech looks as though he's taken a nasty knock as well, though I thought Mark Schwarzer played very well indeed.
"It all seems to be falling in to place with the final in Portugal and they'll probably be playing Real Madrid as well."