Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid: 5 Talking Points
In a decisive group stage tie, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid played out an entertaining 1-1 draw. Both sides went into the contest looking to win it, albeit for very different reasons. Eventually, neither side managed to get what they set out to do, and had to share the spoils in what was a feisty game at Stamford Bridge.
After dominating proceedings in the first half, Saul Niguez's goal for Atletico Madrid came as a huge blow for Chelsea. They seemed like the better team going into the second period, and were undone by some woeful set-piece defending. However, that did not stop them from attacking the Atletico goal, and they eventually found their way back into the game as Eden Hazard's well-struck shot picked up a heavy deflection from Stefan Savic, who hit the ball into the back of his own net.
#5 A pedestrian Tiemoue Bakayoko needs to step up
Chelsea had a questionable transfer window this summer. After winning the league, it was expected that Antonio Conte would be given the complete backing of the Chelsea board to invest in areas that needed attention, and ensure that the Blues would be on course to retain their crown and possibly mount a European challenge as well.
However, they failed to keep hold of the Nemanja Matic and paid £40 million to secure the services of Tiemoue Bakayoko and also turned to Leicester City to reunite Danny Drinkwater with N'Golo Kante.
While Drinkwater hasn't been given too many opportunities to prove his credentials, Bakayoko, on the hand, has been synonymous with the first team, and his performances have been far from convincing.
It can be argued that the Frenchman is still to settle into the Chelsea team, his discipline and timing of the tackle has let him down on a number of occasions. He may be ferocious on the front foot, but he has to pay more attention to the defensive aspect of his game.
In the game against Atletico, the occasion had set itself up perfectly for Bakayoko to prove to everyone why he was signed by the London outfit in the summer. It seemed like he was overwhelmed by the situation as he put in a lethargic shift all night and also was also to blame for the goal conceded by the hosts.
The France international has a lot more to do if he is to nail down a first-team berth at the club. He has been given plenty of stick by the pundits and needs to show a drastic change in his performances before it becomes too late for him.