Atletico's plan is to 'hurt' Chelsea, not 'worrying about' Roma/Qarabag -Simeone

Atletico's plan is to 'hurt' Chelsea, not 'worrying about' Roma/Qarabag -Simeone

Manchester United's David De Gea and Juan Mata during training.

What is happening is nothing new, though, and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho summed it up in September when he called the group stage a "warm-up".

If Roma win and Chelsea do not, Roma win the group.

Diego Simeone's side are relying on Roma to drop points against Qarabag or else they will be playing Europa League football in 2018.

Group A: United needs just a point at home to CSKA Moscow to seal first place.

Diego Simeone's team, twice a finalist in the last four years, must beat Chelsea away and needs Roma to draw or lose against Azerbaijani team Qarabag at home.

Chelsea will need a win to assure themselves of top spot in the group. By tomorrow, they could have five.

After putting seven goals past Celtic two weeks ago in Group B, PSG and its impressive offensive armada of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani will also try to improve what is already a tournament record of 24 goals in this season's group stage.

Group D: Last season's runner-up Juventus would have expected to have qualified before the final matchday when it was drawn alongside Barcelona, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos.

Atletico didn't win any of their first four matches in Group C. Among their setbacks were back-to-back draws against Qarabag. If Sporting fails to win, Juve goes through regardless.

ROMA can wrap up Champions League qualification with a win against Qarabag on Wednesday night.

Atletico required maximum points from their final Group C fixture to stand any chance of progressing, but the three-time European runners-up could only draw 1-1 at Chelsea.

Sevilla will qualify with a point, or if Spartak fail to win at Anfield. Sevilla only need to draw with Maribor in Slovenia to qualify for the knockout stage, and would go through as group winners if they win and Liverpool slip up. Premier League sides have made some real statements in Europe this season, including Tottenham and Manchester City, and Chelsea's win in Madrid was right up there.

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But Rodgers has also overseen the club's heaviest European defeat, 7-0 in Barcelona last season, and heaviest home loss, a 5-0 reverse to PSG that preceded the 7-1 hammering at the Parc des Princes.



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