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Chelsea qualify to Champions League last 16 as second in their group, with AS Roma topping the table with the same points ( 11) thanks to the 3-0 win in Italy one month ago.

Despite playing a good game and creating many dangerous chances the Blues were not able to overcome the Spanish side, who relegate to Europa League after finish third in the Group A table.

Antonio Conte‘s team produced 15 shots in tonight clash, 8 of whom on target, but after missing chances with Alvaro Morata ( two times) and Davide Zappacosta ( once) they were able to equalise only thanks to an own goal by Savic, who deflected a shot by Eden Hazard, again the man of the match.

Atletico controlled the game in the first part but were never really dangerous, while Morata missed the target twice and Zappacosta had a nice attempt saved by Jan Oblak.

The Colchoneros seemed more determined in the second half and after hitting the post with former Blues left-back Filipe Luis ( Koke’s header on the rebound was blocked by Thibaut Courtois) took the lead at 52′ when Saul Niguez‘s header entered the goal after another former Blues, Fernando Torres, assisted him after a corner kicked from the left, with Tiemoué Bakayoko forgetting to man marking him.

The Diego Simeone‘s side dream to reach the qualification ( they were depending, anyway, on Roma’s score, who had not to win against Qarabag at home) ended when Savic deflected a shot from the left by Hazard in his own goal.

After that, Morata and Willian incredibly missed a couple of good chances to give Chelsea the three points needed to win the group.

The Last 16 draw will take place next Monday 11 December at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.

 

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Eden Hazard will meet former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah tomorrow as the Blues face Liverpool at Anfield, and the Belgian star has revealed he’s in touch with the Egyptian.

 “It’s always good to play against a friend. – he told Chelsea’s official website this morning – It is good to have friends in this world, because in football you can’t have a lot of friends”.

“When you are not playing in one club you need to go. All the players want to play. In this period, we had me, Willian, Oscar, Juan Mata also, so for him it was not easy, but he is a top player. We know the quality he has”.

Salah was sold to Serie A side Fiorentina as a part of the deal which led Juan Cuadrado to Stamford Bridge in February 2015: “You need a chance, I remember he took his chance at Fiorentina, – Hazard noted – And I am just happy for him”.

Chelsea signed Salah on a £12m move from Basel in January 2014, under the management of Jose Mourinho.

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Chelsea joined Bayern Munich, Besiktas, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Tottenham, and Barcelona in Champions League last 16 after beating Qarabag in Azerbaijan earlier this afternoon.

Atletico Madrid have beaten AS Roma at Wanda Metropolitano and Diego Pablo Simeone’s men need a win against Chelsea in the last game of Group C in a vital game for their hopes of qualification. The league table currently sees Los Colchoneros sitting 3rd with 6 points, just 2 behind the Serie A side.

Atletico Madrid will face a must-win game against the Premier League champions next week, while AS Roma have a massive chance to get a pass for the next stage if they beat Qarabag at home.

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Chelsea are leading by two goals at half-time in their Champions League group stage game vs Qarabag.

The first goal was scored by Eden Hazard after 21 minutes with a penalty: on that occasion Qarabag player Sadygov was sent off by the referee.

The second goal was scored by Willian after 36 minutes with the assist provided by Eden Hazard. With this result Chelsea is, at the moment, top of the table in their group with 10 points.

In the same group tonight Atletico Madrid will face As Roma.

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Antonio Conte will visit Qarabag in Azerbaijan before facing Liverpool in a crucial Premier League game at Anfield. The Italian manager, speaking to the club’s official website, has backed Chelsea players, who have “always showed a great desire and will to fight in every game”. 

“I must be honest, these players always show great desire and will to fight in every game, – Conte explained – Against Roma, together we didn’t show this – me first. I always put myself before the players and I always take the responsibility”.

“In Rome we didn’t deserve to finish the first half 2-0 down, but the second half was negative because we didn’t show the desire to come back to try to draw it or win”.

“But I think this season, we faced a lot of problems from the start and now we are trying to solve these problems, to recall players, to find the right form for players like, for example, Eden and it is the same for Morata who is playing his first season in England”.

Victor Moses, as Conte confirmed a few days ago, could be fully fit for the upcoming clash against Liverpool after recovering from an hamstring injury.

“Then Kante is recovering good form and we know very well the importance of these players for us. – he added – We had a lot of problems and also we are trying to change something in the tactical aspect and to find different solutions, because when you are conceding many goals, it means you have to find a new balance”.

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Despite facing some issues and many up and downs in this start of the season Chelsea dressing room is more compact than ever, as also Victor Moses claims before Premier League will restart next weekend after international break:

“I think we have done well,” the Nigerian stated.

“We as a team, whatever happens, we stick together and do the best we can. I think people have been a bit too harsh but we don’t need to think about that or concentrate on what people have been saying.

“These criticisms are the kinds of things that makes a player stronger. We know we just need to believe in ourselves and prove them wrong then win as many games as we can. We are 100 per cent together. We are like brothers here.

“Even after losing to Roma, we believe in ourselves collectively and individually. We just take each game as it comes.

 “We beat Manchester United in our last match and now everyone is saying we’re the best. Football is like this.”

He added: “Why can’t we compete with City, United or any other club? Our players are good enough to compete with anyone. We have a lot of games to go so you can’t tell who’s going to win the league. 

“We are nine points from Man City but we believe in ourselves and we believe that something can happen further down the line and that we will find ourselves back at the top.

“We still believe in ourselves and in the manager we have got so we will keep working hard and see where it takes us.”

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Chelsea defender David Luiz was left out the team who defeated Manchester United last weekend after criticising the tactics used by Antonio Conte in the Champions League game vs Roma and expressing his dissent after his substitution at Stamford Bridge in the first game vs the Italian team.

Now, according to the Evening Standard, it is understood that problems between David Luiz and the Blues manager began in September but now both Conte and the Brazilian defender who is now back in training at Cobham, are working to heal their relationship.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has confirmed their desire to bounce back from last disappointing defeat suffered against AS Roma last night in the Champions League Group C.

The Blues face Manchester United in Premier League on Sunday evening, and the Belgian star is confident ahead of this massive game: “We have to fight back against Manchester United” he said.

“It is hard to say what the problem is, this season every game is a hard game. We have to find that balance again and rediscover that mentality of not conceding goals and keeping clean sheets”.

Courtois suffered 3 goals against AS Roma again, following the 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge: “Sometimes last season I had nothing to do in a game, sometimes I’d have one save to make – he added – We have to react on Sunday as this was a bad image of ourselves”.

 

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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard told BT Sports Chelsea‘s defeat to AS Roma was a taught lesson for Antonio Conte and the Blues.

 

“That’s up there with the worst I’ve seen of Chelsea since he’s come in, defensively all over the place – Gerrard said – They haven’t had a settled back four for ten, 12 games. They seem to be changing it week in, week out. He doesn’t seem to know his strongest three, what positions they should be in. Gary Cahill’s one minute left centre-back, then he’s right centre-back”.

Chelsea were the 3rd defense in the league with 33 goals conceded from 38 games, as Gerrard noted: “The Chelsea sides over the years are always strong defensively, they know what they’re doing, they’re all in the same positions and it’s a solid machine. At the moment it doesn’t look nowhere near that.”

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