The number of English sides finishing at the top of their group, means that Chelsea only have a few options when it comes round to the draw. "We have to play against the big teams if we want to be the champions".
That in itself is a record: 306 goals over the 96 group-stage games comfortably beats the previous best, meaning the tournament is currently averaging a staggering 3.1 goals a game.
Four minutes after Neymar had seen his shot turned away by keeper Sven Ulreich, midfielder Tolisso powered home a header from another James delivery to further boost their hopes. Meanwhile, Antonio Conte insists Chelsea have nothing to fear in the last 16 even though his side could face Barcelona or PSG. Sometimes it's not so important [to finish first].
Manchester United claimed top spot in Group A by defeating CSKA Moscow 2-1 at Old Trafford, courtesy of second-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford. "At the same time I think our opponent won't be happy to play against us".
The Spain international was rested from last month's 1-0 win over Swansea at Stamford Bridge with the Chelsea boss needing to rotate his squad in light of a hectic schedule which will see the Premier League champions play five times in just over a fortnight.
"This can be a new challenge".
If goals were the big story of the group, then one record goes against the grain.
"We have to show to deserve to fight until the end for the title".
When is the draw and when are the games?
Again Morata went close to the opener when he stretched to meet Victor Moses' cross, but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak spread himself to block the Spaniard's close-range effort.