Atletico crash out, Chelsea sink to second place


The defender does feel his exclusion from the team serves as a warning to the rest of the first-team squad though, claiming that no one is safe from the chop under Antonio Conte.

Speaking after the match, Conte told reporters: "I was frustrated at the decision".

I'm pleased for the number of games because I know it's difficult. "If you want to go far you have to beat the best", the midfielder said, Mundo Deportivo reports, before he touched on Atleti's elimination after the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. We are a competitive team and we don't have to be afraid of anyone, as we have already shown.

"It was a nice run".

But, with Roma beating Qarabag in the Italian capital, Chelsea could not find the second goal and the victory needed to regain the lead in Group C.

"This is a fantastic competition, this is the best tournament". All my old team-mates are gone!

"Chelsea is an amazing place to play and the Premier League is not that easy to come to".

CHELSEA look set to face Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16... as they face horror draw on Monday. "When you play this way and create so much you must be satisfied", Conte said.

Meanwhile Paco Alcacer, Nelson Semedo and Lucas Digne will all be hoping to start as the coach rotates his squad ahead of next weekend' s visit to face Villarreal. If Roma someone like Leipzig or Bayern Munich you'd actually fancy them to get something out of it.

"But having got through to the last 16, Chelsea can concentrate on their Premier League form now".

Atletico Madrid will be missing from the Champions League knockout phase for the first time in five years.

Interestingly, despite being in the top pot of seeds after winning their group, Liverpool are the lowest-ranked side left in the competition.