London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Midfielder Eden Hazard blamed lack of counter-attack as the reason behind Chelsea’s 3-1 loss to Atletico Madrid in the semifinal of the Champions League.
“After scoring, we had the game in our hands. Maybe they wanted it more than we did. It was an intense game, beautiful to watch with opportunities. I’m sad but logic has been respected because [Atletico] deserved to qualify,” Hazard said.
“Chelsea is not made to play football. We’re good on the counter, a little bit like Real against Bayern,” added Hazard, who had three shots and led the Blues with two on target Wednesday.
Hazard was twice guilty of defensive lapses in moves that led to two of Atletico’s goals, but the Belgian bemoaned a lack of assistance when trying to turn the tie around.
“Their goal hurt us before the break,” he said. “We failed to make the difference in the second half. Often, I’m asked to do it all by myself and it’s not easy. It was a complicated game. It will be a lesson for us regarding next year.”
Earlier, manager Jose Mourinho was criticized for his defensive tactics in the 0-0 draw in the semifinal first leg at Atletico Madrid and in the 2-0 Premier League win at Liverpool.
Mourinho stuck by his philosophy last week, saying, “Atletico were frustrated, whereas usually they are the ones who frustrate other teams. My side had a solid performance, we played in a way that irritated them.”