Tiemoue Bakayoko's lapse costs Chelsea in draw with Atletico Madrid
Chelsea came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on what was a frustrating Champions League night at Stamford Bridge. Atleti keeper Jan Oblak put in a man-of-the-match shift to keep the Blues at bay and Tiemoue Bakayoko's carelessness in allowing Saul Niguez a free header to score for the visitors ultimately cost the London club the chance of potentially winning the game and topping the group. Oblak was eventually beaten when Atleti defender Stefan Savic diverted an Eden Hazard shot into his own goal. Chelsea chased a winner but it wasn't to be.
Despite only drawing, there were plenty of positives to take from the game. Defensively, Chelsea look solid. Andreas Christensen continues to shine in the middle of the back three. In midfield, N'Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas are in a groove of good form and further forward Hazard's capacity to terrorise opposition defences looks limitless. The Blues created a multitude of goal-scoring chances, a plus, but that obviously leads nicely onto the negatives.
Granted Oblak played out of his skin, but Chelsea should have found a way past the Atleti keeper, who in the end was only beaten by a deflected own goal. Bakayoko is young and still learning his trade, but the midfielder has a negligent streak which could have proved costly had the Blues needed to win Tuesday's game to avoid elimination from the competition.
Manager rating out of 10
7 -- Antonio Conte subtly tweaked his line-up from the weekend, affording Marcos Alonso a rest and benching Antonio Rudiger and Danny Drinkwater. It could and probably will be argued that had Bakayoko not taken Drinkwater's place, Chelsea might not have conceded but the Italian is not blessed with such foresight nor are those who will hastily criticise. The Blues boss deserves credit for giving substitutes Pedro and Willian time to make an impression, but it wasn't to be. Ultimately, there is no shame in the result for Conte, Chelsea are through to the next stage of the competition and that's what really matters.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Thibaut Courtois, 7 -- Stayed focused as Chelsea pressed. Recovered well after being beaten by a Filipe Luis shot which struck the post to prevent Koke from taking advantage of the rebound with a diving save. No chance with Saul's header.
DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 7 -- Solid and dependable at centre-back, Azpilicueta will be as disappointed as the rest of Chelsea's backline at the unforced error that cost the Blues a clean sheet and quite possibly victory.
DF Andreas Christensen, 8 -- Christensen's rise in stature as a Chelsea player showed no signs of abating against Atleti. The 21-year-old dealt competently with Fernando Torres and Koke and recycled the ball with a preciseness that belied his age. The Denmark international isn't shy of getting forward either, though he will be disappointed watching replays of the diving header he directed the wrong side of Oblak's post.
DF Gary Cahill, 7 -- Restored to Chelsea's starting XI and handed the captain's armband by Conte, Cahill put in a commendable shift as Blues skipper. Worked well with Kante to neutralise the threat posed by Antoine Griezmann.
MF Victor Moses, 7 -- Another player to benefit from the presence of Kante, Moses saw plenty of the ball on the right flank and would have had at least one assist to his name if Morata had been able to take better advantage when played in by the Nigeria international.
MF N'Golo Kante, 8 -- The main reason why Atleti were unable to create much in way of opportunities from open play can be attributed to Kante, who bossed midfield and broke up early-stage attacks with ease. Slick passing from the France international continually gave Chelsea the impetus needed to move forward.
MF Cesc Fabregas, 7 -- Link-up play with Hazard and Alvaro Morata was exemplary. Delivered quality ball after quality ball to create chances for teammates. Such preciseness might have paid dividends for Chelsea had Fabregas opted on occasion to go for goal himself, but the Spaniard was in an unselfish mood.
MF Tiemoue Bakayoko 4 -- Further questions will be asked about Bakayoko's maturity as a footballer as the 23-year-old's shocking lapse of concentration allowed Saul the freedom he needed to give Atletico the lead. Replaced by Pedro shortly after Chelsea conceded, the £40 million summer signing from Monaco is struggling to justify his transfer fee and Tuesday's reputation-damaging showing could lead to a spell on the bench.
MF Davide Zappacosta, 7 -- Deployed at left-wing back, Zappacosta acquitted himself well in Alonso's customary position and was denied a goal when a fine shot was saved by the outstanding Oblak.
FW Eden Hazard, 9 -- Hazard's electric turn of pace and positional awareness once again made him Chelsea's standout player. Consistently carried the Blues' main threat going forward and the Belgium international was rewarded with a driving assist when Savic deflected his shot past Oblak.
FW Alvaro Morata, 6 -- Twice denied by an inspired Oblak in the first half, Morata also saw a shot fizz past the upright. Saw less of the ball in the second period but still had a couple of chances to score before being replaced by Michy Batshuayi late on.
FW Pedro, 6 -- Showed early promise making some pacey runs at the Atleti defence but was unable to provide the additional cutting edge that Chelsea needed to win the game.
FW Willian, NR -- Replaced Zappacosta for the final phase of the game. Got into advanced positions as expected but missed a glorious chance to seal victory for Chelsea when played in by Hazard. It looked easier to beat Oblak than fire the ball over the bar, but Willian's shot sailed into the crowd behind the Atleti keeper's goal.
FW Michy Batshuayi, NR -- Replaced Morata for the final 10 minutes of the game and provided fresh impetus as Chelsea chased the winner, but there was to be no repeat of the injury-time drama in the reverse fixture when Batshuayi scored to give the Blues a 2-1 victory in Madrid.
Mark Worrall is one of ESPN FC's Chelsea bloggers. You can follow him on Twitter: @gate17marco