The final two clubs booked their place into the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday, with Bayern Munich defeating Lazio 2-1 (6-2 on aggregate) and Chelsea knocking off Atletico Madrid 2-0 (3-0 on aggregate).
Below, we’ll break down the day’s biggest winners and losers.
Loser: Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez was so utterly devoid of impact on Wednesday he was subbed off after just 58 minutes. Not great.
Granted, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise the veteran forward couldn’t find the back of the net—he hasn’t done so away from home in the Champions League in a very, very long time:
Atletico needed a strong performance from Suarez to get past an in-form Chelsea team. They didn’t get much of anything at all.
Winner: Robert Lewandowski
All this man does is score goals.
What more is there to say about Lewandowski that hasn’t already been said? He’s arguably the best striker in football today, and the primary reason why Bayern Munich remain a major threat to win this competition.
Loser: Diego Simeone
Atletico looked listless and rather unthreatening for long stretches vs. Chelsea. That buck starts and stops with Diego Simeone. Nothing seemed to work on Wednesday.
Atletico was outplayed and Simeone was out-coached. A 2-0 loss easily could have been worse. Continue reading