Chelsea progressed to the quarter-fina;s for the Champions League for the first time in seven years after a comfortable 3-0 aggregate win over Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.
As it was the Blues went through with ease after a Hakim Ziyech first-half goal and a late strike from substitute Emerson Palmieri.
Tuchel’s team are the third English side to progress to the quarter-finals joining Manchester City and Liverpool in the hat.
Unlike in the previous round there are no restrictions on which teams can face each other so an all-English tie could be on the cards for the Blues. Joining the English teams in the draw are reigning champions Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Porto and two for Tuchel’s former teams Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain
Chelsea’s performance over two legs has seen them send out a marker to the rest of Europe before the quarter-final draw on Friday and BT Sport presenter Gary Lineker was particularly impressed with the Blues, sending his congratulations to them via Twitter with a “Well played” message to the team.
Well played https://t.co/RYO1A8PdV4
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)
Lineker was not the only one impressed with Chelsea’s performance with former Blues star Joe Cole saying: “It’d be nice if they can get to the Champions League final in Istanbul. They won’t be worried about anyone at the moment, I’m sure about that.”
Fellow BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand agreed with his former West Ham and England teammate:
“A good place for Tuchel and his team will be that not many teams will want to play them.
“They’ve put themselves in a position where I think they’ll be confident going into most games, whoever they get in this draw.”
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Ferdinand reserved praise for one player, in particular, Antonio Rudiger, a man that former boss Frank Lampard ostracised from his team:
“I think he’s a solid defender. I think on the ball, you can see some weakness in his game, but defending-wise, you can see an edge to him we haven’t seen in a while especially under Frank.
“It was obvious Frank didn’t fancy him as a defender and that happens in your career, it can’t just be a bed of roses for everyone, but he’s responded ever so well since he’s been called upon by the new manager.”