CONTE: FIRST OR SECOND DOESN’T MATTER

Chelsea are already through to the second round of the UEFA Champions League, and all the Blues need is a win at Stamford Bridge tomorrow against Atletico Madrid to qualify as top of the group, irrespective of what happens between Roma and Qarabag.

While Conte has insisted that his team will go for all three points, he doesn’t think qualifying as first or second matters anymore, because there are still some quality teams that will qualify as second, like Real Madrid and Juventus.

Conte said: “I think this game is important because we are playing against Atletico Madrid and they have shown in the past to be an important team in this tournament.

“Now there is a risk they will be eliminated, but we have to play a good game, to improve our confidence, and because we want to reach the first position in our group.

“But if you arrive first, you could then get teams like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus. It doesn’t change a lot if you arrive first or second. The most important thing is to reach the next stage, but for our mission and our confidence, it would be right to win and arrive first.”

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.