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The most likely Last 16 ties for the Reds are with either Real Madrid or Juventus.

Cesar Azpilicueta has pledged to try and beat his mark of starting 74 consecutive matches in the Premier League for Chelsea, though he accepted that Antonio Conte may choose to rest him again over a busy festive fixture schedule.

"It's part of football".

But success is judged by the contents of a trophy cabinet. This is the best tournament.

"I think in terms of general play they did everything they had to do".

"No, we are not happy", The Evening Standard report he said when asked about finishing second in the Champions League group. But Celtic finished third in the group to continue in the Europa League.

'Football fans celebrated the fact that all five English teams had made it through to the last-16 of the Champions League.

"We have to see".

Guardiola's furious reaction? "We needed to lose a game".

This would have been questionable even if Llorente had only taken a single shot; as it happens, he had three.

"If you see the teams that you could face even being first it's difficult, but it's true that being first you play the second leg at home". And why can Chelsea basically start planning for a trip to Camp Nou? Diego Simeone's team will drop down into the Europa League knockout stages. Ernesto Valverde's team recorded a 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon courtesy of a goal from striker Paco Alcacer and an own goal from former Barcelona ace Jeremy Mathieu.

Group E rivals Sevilla also progressed after drawing 1-1 away to Maribor, where Marcos Tavares' header was cancelled out by Sevilla's Ganso.

Conte's men kept pushing after the interval and Andreas Christensen's header was saved by Oblak before Eden Hazard's deflected shot looped narrowly wide. His sumptuous right-footed curler, right into the top corner, gave Shakhtar a lead they never relinquished.

Perennial Champions League high performers Atletico Madrid finished third in the group.

"We have no excuses". Pedro fared no better when his back-heeled flick was saved on the line by Oblak. And lots of them.