Atletico Madrid's Champions League exit is no failure: Coach Diego Simeone

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Atletico Madrid's Champions League exit is no failure: Coach Diego Simeone

Not only have they topped a group containing Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, they beat the latter 3-1 at Wembley in what will surely go down as one of their most famous outings in Europe.

"When you go through to the next round in this competition, you must be prepared to face the best teams", Conte said.

In the end, Roma's win against Qarabag in the other group match made the result irrelevant for Diego Simeone's team, who failed to qualify for the last 16 for only the second time and the first since the 2009-10 season.

Scottish champions Celtic will also be in the Europa League draw after finishing third ahead of Anderlecht on head-to-head record but they were both well behind eventually qualifiers Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. The first legs will be played on 13, 14, 20 and 21 February, and the second legs will be played on 6, 7, 13 and 14 March 2018.

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But the Executive Committee has instead awarded the four matches planned for Brussels - three group games and a last-16 encounter - to London.

"It will be tough, the three contenders are tough [Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich] and so are the others but we are going to try". "Our opponent won't be happy to play against us", Conte added. We tried to create some chances in the second half.

Atletico striker Fernando Torres endured a hard three-and-a-half years with Chelsea, but he came close to giving his side an early lead on his return to west London when his shot deflected onto the roof of Thibaut Courtois' net. However, they will be restricted from being drawn against clubs from their own Football association, as well as the team who finished second in their group. In fact no side from the same country can play another at this stage.

Bayern needed just eight minutes to get their noses in front when Robert Lewandowski stabbed home after David Alaba had got his head to James Rodriguez's cross, and they increased their lead eight minutes before the break. But instead, they found themselves behind in the 56th minute when Saul Niguez shot the visitors in front.

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