LONDON: Thomas Tuchel says “very hungry” Chelsea are now aiming to advance to the Champions League final after Judge Ziyech ended a goal drought to inspire a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the last 16.
The Moroccan striker blasted home his first goal since October in the first half at Stamford Bridge before Emerson came off the bench to complete a 3-0 aggregate victory over the La Liga leaders.
While Chelsea have clearly played better for a long time, Atletico feel they could have been penalized for Cesar Azpilicueta’s foul on Yannick Carrasco when the score was still 0-0.
Tuchel admitted it might have given him a penalty, saying: “Azpi is worried about the situation, I’m worried too.”
But Atletico boss Diego Simeone added: “We weren’t looking for an excuse. We beat a better team. We tried to put pressure on them on the pitch, but we couldn’t attack like we wanted to.”
Chelsea have extended their unbeaten run to 13 games since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January.
Tuchel is increasingly adding an unbeaten start as Chelsea boss overtakes Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Improved by Tuchel, Chelsea conceded just two goals in the operator’s short span and now have six games without conceding in all competitions.
“A very good show, an amazing effort. I think we really wanted it,” Tuchel said.
“We are happy through this fight. The players are ready and sharp. We are very hungry to continue it.”
Leading Chelsea into the last eight for the first time since 2014 was something Tuchel wanted as the German headed back to the Champions League final after a defeat with Paris Saint-Germain at the hands of Bayern Munich last season.