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Montrelle Montesinos | 08 Diciembre, 2017, 05:02

Atleti dropped into the Europa League for the first time under Simeone on Tuesday as their 1-1 draw with Chelsea was bettered by Roma's 1-0 victory over Qarabag, and Simeone was perplexed by how his side performed better against Group C's top team than the bottom-placed Azeris.

Gary Cahill was certainly cursing Chelsea's luck against Atletico Madrid and admitted they should have won the game.

In a massive blow, the Blues have a 41.3 per cent chance of facing the La Liga leaders after slipping to second in Group C.

Having lost and drawn against Roma, Chelsea finished second behind the Italians due to their inferior head-to-head record.

If you want to go through, if you want to try to be protagonists in this tournament, you must be ready to face the best teams.

The draw for the Last 16 will commence in Nyon on Monday afternoon.

"It was a nice run".

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Chelsea went a goal down to Saul Niguez's 56th-minute opener but equalised on 75 minutes when Stefan Savic put Eden Hazard's cross into his own net. "We are a team".

Causing Atletico all manner of problems, Morata almost caught out Oblak with a dipping strike from wide on the left that had the keeper scrambling to save.

However, the Belgian says he wants to focus on the remainder of the season before deciding on his long-term future. Hazard again made a difference as Chelsea were looking for a equaliser.

"Chelsea shouldn't fear anyone at the moment".

"It's a pity about Atletico because they deserve to be there for everything they have achieved in recent years".

Meanwhile Paco Alcacer, Nelson Semedo and Lucas Digne will all be hoping to start as the coach rotates his squad ahead of next weekend' s visit to face Villarreal.