Friday, 20 July, 2018

Champions League: Manchester United target flops while fullback wanted by Chelsea thrives

Antoine Griezmann – clubs linked Manchester United Champions League: Manchester United target flops while fullback wanted by Chelsea thrives
Kristopher Love | 07 December, 2017, 20:06

Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night which let AS Roma overtake them in the table. "We are Chelsea. We can face any team". Simple. Both Manchester clubs and Tottenham are the winners of their groups and the Blues' can't play them in the last 16-stage because clubs from the same country can't face each other in the upcoming stage of the competition.

The draw means Atletico drop into the Europa League from the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2009/10, when they went on to win Europe's second-tier competition.

So, how did the names linked with a Premier League move perform in the Champions League tonight? This victory allowed the Catalans to reach the knockout stage of the tournament with first place in the group.

"We could play against Barcelona, PSG or Besiktas, but we must be ready".

After a lifeless first half, the second sprung to life with almost triple the amount of chances between the two teams.

"No, we are not happy", The Evening Standard report he said when asked about finishing second in the Champions League group.

Next Up: Chelsea travel to West Ham on Saturday.

One of the advantages of winning your Champions League group is that this guarantees that a team will not have to play one of the other seven sides who topped their group too.

Again Morata went close to the opener when he stretched to meet Victor Moses' cross, but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak spread himself to block the Spaniard's close-range effort.

Bayern needed just eight minutes to get their noses in front when Robert Lewandowski stabbed home after David Alaba had got his head to James Rodriguez's cross, and they increased their lead eight minutes before the break. Undefeated in a group which included Juventus - who they beat 3-0 in September - Barca could well be back to their best on the European stage. There was more angst to come for Chelsea in the closing minutes when Willian missed a sitter before Michy Batshuayi's stinging strike whistled wide.