Chelsea lost their hold on top spot in Group C subsequent to drawing with a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. with Jan Oblak inspired form.
Eden Hazard says Chelsea have nothing to fear after a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid put them on a possible crash course with Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16.
Roma pipped Antonio Conte’s men to the top spot in Group C by beating the visiting Azerbaijan side Qarabag 1-0, while the Premier League champions just managed to get a point through Stefan Savic’s own goal after Saul Niguez had put Atletico ahead in the second half for the win they needed to stand any expectation of remaining in the competition.
With Premier League team driving four of the other seven groups, Chelsea’s only possible last-16 adversaries the way things now are PSG, Barca, and Besiktas.
The Belgian forward conquered early unpleasant treatment to work at the core of Chelsea’s attacking threat, but Atletico shot-stopper Jan Oblak delivered a fine display in goal, and Hazard is confident they can improve the situation, regardless of what calibre opposition they face in the knockout stage.
Speaking to BT Sport:
“It’s not a problem, we are Chelsea!
“We are a top team, so we can face any team. We know PSG and Barcelona are very good but we are Chelsea so we have to be ready for everything.
Hazard was satisfied that Chelsea had done more than enough to win after taking 17 shots on goal, but highlighted their main obstacle: “The only problem, the goalkeeper was on fire.
“We should have scored more goals, won the game and finished first in the group, but we draw.
“But it’s a good draw because Atletico played well they are very strong so we are happy today.”
Blues captain Gary Cahill was also quick to hail Oblak, reserving particular praise for a desperate intervention between him and Jose Gimenez to deny Alvaro Morata.
“Their keeper was fantastic today, especially the one where he takes one in the face, I’m not sure how he’s kept that out,” the England man added.
“He’s had an amazing game, which has got them a point.”