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2017-18 Champions League group stage is highest scoring in competition history

Conte: Chelsea don't fear PSG or Barcelona Stiff competition for A-League sides in Asian Champions League group stage
Montrelle Montesinos | 07 Diciembre, 2017, 20:22

City and Tottenham were already assured of joining Manchester United and Chelsea in the knockout stages - but Liverpool's 7-0 drubbing of Spartak Moscow means five teams from one country made it through to the last 16 of the competition for the first time.

The result coupled with Porto hammering Monaco 5-2 in the other group game means that the Portuguese side qualified for the knockout stages.

Already with their backs against the wall domestically, Kevin Muscat's men were placed in Group F. Reigning J1 League champions Kawasaki Fontale will no doubt pose a difficult test, while Korea's Ulsan Hyundai have previously raised the Asian Champions League trophy previously.

"Don't forget here this season is very tough".

"I think it could be problematic to win (the Champions League)". Borussia Dortmund head to play Real on Wednesday, with Christian Pulisic and Co. hoping to seal the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 spot ahead of APOEL.

English teams will not be able to be meet in Monday's draw, under UEFA regulations. We are Chelsea. We can face any team.

Last season's runners-up Juve brushed aside Olympiakos 2-0 in Greece to go through, and Napoli will try to overhaul Shakhtar Donetsk and make it three out of three for Italy on Wednesday. Yacine Brahimi added a fourth for Porto, Kamil Glik scored for the visitors, only for Alex Telles to add a fourth for the home side.

Saul Niguez's header gave Atletico the lead. Chelsea had chances, with Jan Oblak frustrating Alvaro Morata and Andreas Christensen heading wide before Hazard's run forced Stefan Savic to turn the ball into his own net. Substitute Willian might have won it for Chelsea, who instead had to settle for a draw. Borja Mayoral, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucas Vasquez were on target for the European champions, while a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not enough to earn BVB anything from their trip to the Spanish capital. However, Jeremiah St. Juste scored in stoppage-time to end the Dutch sides five-game losing streak in the competition.

Now they are in Europe's second-tier competition after costly draws with Qarabag. Simeone said: "I wouldn't say it's a failure, because we knew this could happen".

"We have no excuses". We managed to get more points off the team which finished top than the team who finished bottom. "For us it's very important to look at ourselves".