Atlético are out of the Champions League but on the up


It was a painful moment for Atletico who finished as UCL runners-up in 2014 and 2016.

If a move away wasn't guaranteed already, it most certainly is, and could even occur next month. "After a performance like this, the coach must be [happy]".

But success is judged by the contents of a trophy cabinet.

The Champions League group stage came to a pulsating conclusion on Wednesday and we now know all the teams that will contest the last-16 stage, to be drawn on Monday.

However, Lampard may. have to be careful what he wishes for.

CSKA drop into the Europa League, while FC Basel reached the last 16 after beating Benfica 2-0 in Lisbon courtesy of goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Dimitri Oberlin.

Spurs won their fifth match in Group H with a comfortable victory at Wembley against Apoel. Perhaps Jupp Heynckes is leading Bayern into genuine contention once more. The number of English sides finishing at the top of their group, means that Chelsea only have a few options when it comes round to the draw.

"For this reason I think it could be problematic to win [the Champions League]".

He also made it clear that while the draw options were less than ideal, Chelsea are a big enough club to be able to cope with whatever is thrown at them.

"We're passionate about sport and technology and want to continue to explore new ways to combine them for the benefit of our viewers and bring them closer to the action".

This would have been questionable even if Llorente had only taken a single shot; as it happens, he had three.

Chelsea and Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta has vowed to break his record of playing 74 consecutive games for the Blues, reports the Daily Mail.

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Naturally, the principality's struggles can be attributed to the loss of several key players, including Kylian Mbappe, who couldn't resist the temptation to go to Paris and play with Neymar.

Saul Niguez's header gave Atletico the lead.

Real Madrid have made contact with Chelsea's EDEN HAZARD after manager Zinedine Zidane was given permission to make a move for the Belgian international.

Davide Zappacosta was next to test Oblak when the Chelsea wing-back unleashed a fierce shot that was pushed around the post.

"It was a nice run".