Conte Relieved To See Chelsea Through To Champions League R16

Conte Relieved To See Chelsea Through To Champions League R16

Speaking to BT Sport about his early withdrawal, Hazard said: 'Yeah we have a big game on Saturday, so some of the players can rest today or were on the bench. Here, we pick out the main talking points of the night...

"The only thing is that we conceded the first chance".

In the other game in the group, Igor Akinfeev finally ended his run of 43 Champions League games without keeping a clean sheet, as CSKA Moscow beat Benfica 2-0.

Conte added: "For a lot of time, there isn't an English team playing a final in the Champions League". Man United leads Basel and CSKA by two points. Can anyone tame the Ligue 1 leaders? Bas Dost, having failed to score in the group stage this season, scored twice. "In the first half they played a really good game, but football is unusual".

"We are a really good squad". Since then, though, Atletico has dwindled.

"He is the reason Chelsea won the league and if they are going to go any deeper in the competition he will have to play a huge role and do what he did tonight". It's debatable whether the cause is as simple, as some have suggested, as the club lacking an in-form striker, but at the moment it feels as though it's in a holding pattern before Diego Costa is available in January.

Referee Jorge Sousa adjudged Medvedev to have pulled Willian's shirt into the penalty area, despite the full-back's protests that contact stopped before they crossed the 18-yard line, allowing the former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder to sweep the ball into the bottom corner after his first effort was ruled out for encroachment.

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As an uneasy peace reigns, Chelsea secured its place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a comfortable win away to Qarabag.

Hazard got Chelsea off to the ideal start after 21 minutes, with Willian winning a penalty that saw Rashad Sadygov shown a red card, and the 10-man hosts always struggled from that point on.

"Chelsea didn't need this red card". Eden Hazard converted from the spot.

Cesc Fabregas netted Chelsea's third from the spot in the 73rd minute after another foul on Willian, and the Brazil worldwide crashed home his second in the closing moments. Hazard's backheel laid in the Brazilian to add a second nine minutes before halftime.

Their pressure paid off after Willian was fouled again for another spot kick in the 73rd minute.Fabregas took the kick for Chelsea's third goal.

Conte was reluctant to single out any one player, despite Willian's decisive performance.

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