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Champions League: Manchester United target flops while fullback wanted by Chelsea thrives

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Alejandro Castrejon | Diciembre 07, 2017, 20:11

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is not concerned about his key players leaving after elimination from the Champions League.

Chelsea and Manchester United progressed to the knockout stages, in second and first place respectively, while Celtic claimed third to guarantee European football in the New Year in the form of the Europa League.

Jose Mourinho's team enjoyed a good group campaign, recording five wins from their six group games.

Juve join Group D winners Barcelona, who rounded off their group phase with a routine 2-0 win at home against Sporting Lisbon.

Liverpool topped their group despite only recording 12 points in Group E.

Atlético came to the end of the Champions League road in London.

The Europa League Round of 32 draw will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyom at 12pm GMT on December 11 with the resulting ties to be played in principle on 15 and 22 February.

Chelsea drew 1-1 with Spanish side Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

However, in Rome, Roma got the job done as they recorded a lone goal win over Qarabag. "We have to play against the big teams if we want to be the champions".

The Black Eagles beat Red Bull Leipzig 2-1 in Germany to keep their unbeaten record in Group G intact.

If goals were the big story of the group, then one record goes against the grain.

Kylian Mbappé pulled a goal back early in the second half, but Tolisso then netted the winner for Bayern in the 69th minute. In fact, there is a 44% chance that Chelsea will be facing a trip to Catalunya. Liverpool, Sevilla and Spartak Moscow could all still top Group E. Juventus and Basel also completed their passage to the next round, joining Barcelona, Besiktas, Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United, PSG and Roma who qualified as group winners, and Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus and Basel as runners up.

"I wouldn't say it was a failure, because we knew this could happen".