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After qualifying for last 16 as second in Group A behind AS Roma, Antonio Conte claims the biggest obstacles for Chelsea Champions League glory are not PSG or Barcelona but Premier League:

“With five teams to go through to the next round means the level of this league is very high,” the Blues boss said speaking ahead of Liverpool‘s bid to progress on tonight and with Manchester City, United and Spurs already confirmed group winners.

“Don’t forget here this season is very tough. You have to play a lot of games, but when you arrive at the final stage to play for quarter-finals, semi-finals the English teams have a lot of games in their legs. For this reason.”

The Italian coach is not very positive about his side chances to success in the major European competitions for clubs:

“I think it could be problematic to win the Champions League.

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Pablo Simeone analyzed the match against Chelsea, which relegated the Spanish giants to the Europa League after Roma win over Qarabag.

“I’m proud of my players and the team, – Simeone said. – We showed that we’re a competitive team. The players gave it their all and continuously tried to find the winning goal”.

“We were looking for the winning goal until the end, even though we knew Roma was winning, I’m proud of the players. This will help us grow. The fans were cheering us on the whole match”.

When asked if hurt even more not winning, he said: “No this is part of football. We have got more points off the team that came top than the one on the bottom. We are just going to concentrate on the competitions coming up”.

“Football is like this. It doesn’t depend on stats. We need to be decisive and need to score. We have lost one game, but there are no excuses. We need to get on with the season and we will be valued on the end of the season. It’s not a failure because we knew it could happen. To the fans, they have been fantastic again. We have a long season ahead”.

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Chelsea failed to gain the top spot in the Champions League group stage after drawing with Atletico Madrid tonight at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues will now face one of the winners of the other groups, but Chelsea manager Antonio Conte doesn’t seem worried by this perspective.

“This is a fantastic competition, this is the best tournament. If you want to go through, if you want to try to be protagonists in this tournament, you must be ready to face the best teams. Our opponent won’t be happy to play against us.”

Conte, hovewer, believes Chelsea and other Premier League teams may have more difficulties in the final stages of the Champions League: “Don’t forget here this season is very tough” – Conte added -. “You have to play a lot of games, but when you arrive at the final stage to play for quarter-finals, semi-finals the English teams have a lot of games in their legs. For this reason I think it could be problematic to win.”

 

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Antonio Conte‘s men are set to face Atletico Madrid in the last game of Group C tonight at Stamford Bridge (kick-off 7-45PM BST). We bring you the latest squad news ahead of the upcoming clash:

Team News

CHELSEA 

  • Defender David Luiz remains sidelined with a knee injury;
  • Michy Batshuayi came back in action after missing a couple of games due to a foot injury and could be included in the provisional squad.

ATLETICO MADRID

  • Diego Costa won’t travel to London to watch the game from the stands, as he usually does;
  • Also right-back Juanfran is unlikely to recover for the game against Chelsea after suffering a hamstring injury.

Predicted Line Ups

Chelsea (3 5 2) Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard, Morata

Manager: Antonio Conte

Atletico Madrid (4 4 2) Oblak, Partey, Gimenez, Godin, Filipe Luis; Carrasco, Gabi, Saul, Koke; Griezmann, Torres

Manager: Diego Pablo Simeone

 

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Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis spoke ahead of tonight’s clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where the Brazilian star played 7 games in 2014/15 campaign.

And Luis believes Chelsea made a mistake when let Diego Costa leave the Premier League champions to reunite with former club Atletico Madrid in September.

“Diego is a huge player, best player for me at Chelsea is him because he scores a lot of goals and important goals – Luis said speaking at a press conference ahead of the Champions League clash – I think he came back to Atletico because Chelsea couldn’t keep him because it’s his desire. He really wanted to come back to Atletico”. 

“He was happy here. He did his job really well. His most important desire was to come back. It is frustrating seeing him playing like an animal, but he can’t play. It’s just a month until he can play with us. He’ll help us a lot. I don’t have any doubts about it”. 

“He knows the club, he knows the way we play. He has already adapted. I know it was difficult times for him and for Chelsea. Now everybody’s happy. We want to see him play and happy again.”

 

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Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid Blues boss Antonio Conte had sweet words for his main forward Alvaro Morata, who is impressing in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard already scored 9 goals and gave 4 assists in 13 Premier League and 1 goal in Champions League. Of course, the Italian manager is satisfied of his performance:

“Alvaro is very happy to play for Chelsea and I’m very happy to have a player like him,” Conte said today.

“For Alvaro, it’s his first season to play regularly and he is showing he is a great striker.

“He has a lot of room for improvement.

“He can become one of the best strikers in the world.”

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SkySports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes Victor Moses ‘makes a huge difference’ in Chelsea‘s tactical plans after his return from injury in the 3-1 home win against Newcastle United.

“He missed a large chunk of the season with a hamstring injury – Redknapp said about the Nigeria international – He makes a huge difference. With the system they play with wing-backs, he’s taught himself – and the manager’s obviously helped him – to be one of the best wing-backs in world football”.

“It suits him that position, and there’s no surprise that he was involved with the penalty, he’s involved with the goal. I thought he was brilliant [against Newcastle] and he is top class.” 

Moses, who was named Nigerian footballer of the Year earlier last month, was crucial in Chelsea’s title race in the Premier League 2016/17 campaign.

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Manchester City remain 8 points above Manchester United in the Premier League table after beating West Ham United at home today. Pep Guardiola’s men have extended their unbeaten record to 20 games across all competitions.

A late goal from David Silva completed a massive comeback as Angelo Ogbonna put the Hammers in front during a though clash.

Chelsea are 11 points behind the Premier League leaders, who will face the Red Devils next week in a crucial game for their hopes in title race. West Ham United will host the Blues on Saturday, a few days after Atletico Madrid clash in the Champions League group stages.

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The London Evening Standard recently claimed both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on Watford striker and Premier League new star Richarlison, who scored 5 goals laying on 4 assists from 14 appearances so far.

“For us as a club it is important to keep our best players, – Watford manager Marco Silva said speaking at a press conference – It’s normal. We know our players are doing well and some are improving a lot. It’s normal other clubs pay attention to them”.

“After it’s that it’s the club’s decision – he added – The owner will decide what is best”.

Richarlison, 20-year-old, joined the Hornets on a £11.5 move from Fluminense in July.

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N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater began in midfield, alongside with Spain international Cesc Fabregas in the last clash against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.

Reflecting on the game, Kante told Chelsea‘s official website: “The game did not start very well as we conceded a goal early, but we reacted well. It is important to get the win. We needed to win before the top teams played and it was an important three points”.

On the reunion with former teammate at Leicester City Danny Drinkwater, he added: “It was a long time we played together, I am happy for him to come to Chelsea, I am happy for the win and I hope we can keep winning”.

 

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