Publicado: Vie, Diciembre 08, 2017
Salud | By Gezane Tiscareno

Atletico holds Chelsea, crashes out — Champions League

Atletico holds Chelsea, crashes out — Champions League

Chelsea missed out on top spot in Group C after only managing a draw in the Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, who had already secured their place in the knockout phase, finished second in the group behind Italy's AS Roma, while Atletico, finalists in 2014 and 2016, will drop into the Europa League after finishing third.

The move to the Premier League was always set to be a step up for any player of calibre, but thus far during his time in West London, Bakayoko's performances has been laced with inconsistency.

Diego Simeone insisted Atletico Madrid's Champions League campaign was not a failure after they were eliminated on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old made a series of crucial first-half saves to keep Atletico in the game before Saul's opened the scoring team after the break.

Former Real striker Morata and Hazard, who has been heavily linked with Atletico's city rivals, combined to devastating effect in the reverse fixture in September.

Qualifying as runners-up means that, unless Sevilla or Spartak Moscow manage to overtake Liverpool in Group E on Wednesday, Chelsea's potential round-of-16 opponents will be limited to Barcelona, Besiktas or Paris Saint-Germain.

Even if Diego Simeone's team had held onto the lead secured in the 56th minute by Saul Niguez, it would not have been sufficient to finish in the top two since Roma beat Qarabag 1-0.

However, Chelsea managed to avoid defeat when Eden Hazard's shot was deflected in by Stefan Savic in the 76th minute at Stamford Bridge. In this case it is important to work and have patience and understand that mistakes are normal in the game.

"We have to show we deserve to go through to the next round and to fight until the end for the title". No excuses - we'll be rated at the end of the season.

"We deserved to win the game", Conte added.

Atletico failed to properly clear a counter, which allowed Eden Hazard to collect the ball just outside the 18-yard box. The responsibility is ours.

Christensen should have equalised from a Cesc Fabregas cross 10 minutes later, but the Chelsea defender somehow headed wide of the open goal.

The France international, a summer signing from Monaco for around £40 million, has largely been inconsistent since effectively coming in as a replacement, and arguably an upgrade, for Nemanja Matic.

But draws with the Azerbaijan side proved costly and saw them fall into the second-tier European competition. The midfielder though has rejected advances from all the clubs as he wanted to remain at Atletico for his entire career.

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