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Simeone: Atletico didn't fail despite Champions League exit

Simeone: Atletico didn't fail despite Champions League exit

Chelsea will go into next Monday's draw for the Champions League round of 16 facing a possible clash against Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain after being held to a draw at Stamford Bridge by Europa league-bound Atletico Madrid.

On the heroics of Atletico Madrid's keeper Jan Oblak, the Italian said: "The goalkeeper was the best player for them and in other circumstances we could be more accurate to finish".

Chelsea's pressure paid off in the 75th minute when Atletico defender Stefan Savic turned an Eden Hazard cross into his own net, setting up a climactic end to the game as both sides pushed for a winning goal.

But while City, Tottenham, Manchester United have cruised through to the last 16, Conte claims Chelsea had to battle through a much harder group.

The Frenchman was at fault in the build-up to Atletico's only goal against Chelsea in the 1-1 draw on Tuesday night. "It is a fantastic competition, the best, and you have to be ready for everything".

"For this reason, it could be problematic to win".

Those results condemned Diego Simeone's side to the Europa League, Europe's second-tier competition, which they certainly had not envisaged playing in when they opened their new 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropilitano stadium in September. "At the same time I am very happy for his commitment and his work".

Until that point, "El Nino" was one of the most-feared strikers in world football, a player with devastating pace and finishing ability, but his football slump was comparable to that of Tiger Woods on the golf course.

Christensen could not find a way past Oblak with a header from Hazard's left-wing cross and later sent a diving header wide of the target after Fabregas had steered the ball back from the left-hand touchline.

Antoine Griezmann struck a free kick too close to Thibaut Courtois during the first moments of the second half, but Chelsea should have taken the lead through Andreas Christensen, who sent a free header too close to Oblak.

It could've got worse for Atleti, but Oblak denied Morata one-on-one after the ex-Real Madrid forward was found unmarked by Cesc Fabregas' cutback.

They needed a win and Roma to drop points in the last round of fixtures, but despite the disappointment, boss Diego Simeone insisted they had nothing to be ashamed of.

"From a corner... there were a lot of mistakes".

See how the action unfolded at Stamford Bridge with our liveblog! The midfielder though has rejected advances from all the clubs as he wanted to remain at Atletico for his entire career.