“Atletico Madrid are a really good team with great experience in this competition” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said speaking at a press conference ahead of Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano.
“In the last few years they have always played a great Champions League, and to reach the final twice is not simple, – Conte added – It is not for all the teams. It means you are strong team with a good coach and good organisation and for sure, we must pay good attention”.
The Blues spent 2016/17 campaign without playing any European competition as a result of the 10th place: “Chelsea last season did not play in this competition – he noted – So we are excited to play it, but for sure tomorrow we know very well we have to face a really good team. We have to play every game with the will to try to win. I watched Atletico’s game versus Roma and they played very well and maybe deserved to win the game”.
“The last few years for sure in this competition, and also the Europa League apart from last season, the Spanish teams have dominated. It means these teams are very strong and very good and also have a lot of experience in these competitions. We have to try to change this history”.
Chelsea have beaten Qarabag with 6 goals in their opener at Stamford Bridge: “We were playing against Qarabag and played a really good game, and tomorrow is an important game for both teams. We have to try to play our football but show great respect for Atletico. But this season for sure we have great enthusiasm and desire to show we deserve to play in this competition”.