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Serie A: Der 17. Spieltag: Juve siegt locker - Milan-Blamage in Verona

Der 17. Spieltag der Serie A hat Juventus Turin locker in Bologna gewonnen. Begonnen hat der Spieltag mit einem Paukenschlag: Spitzenreiter Inter musste sich im eigenen Stadion Udinese Calcio geschlagen geben. Napoli nutzt den Patzer und erobert die Tabellenführung. Ciro Immobile und Lazio fühlen mal Dortmunds Europa-League-Gegner Atalanta Bergamo auf den Zahn. Am Sonntag gingen die Spieler von Gennaro Gattusos AC Milan beim Abstiegskandidaten Hellas Verona völlig baden.

Bek Juventus Berpeluang Kembali ke Lazio

Lichtsteiner mulai tersingkir dari tim utama Juventus, Lazio ingin membawanya kembali.

Le ragazze Juve: la vecchia signora domina il calcio femminile

Torino, (askanews) - La Juventus domina, e non solo la serie A al maschile: la squadra di Torino spadroneggia nel campionato anche al femminile; otto vittorie in otto partite. Appena sbarcate nella massima serie delle donne, le bianconere, in gran parte giunte dalle squadre dilettanti migliori come il Brescia, già dimostrano il loro potere. Perché la Juve è sempre la Juve, dice l'attaccante Simona Sodini: "Una squadra di tante atlete che non hanno mai giocato insieme, ma c'è tanta professionalità anche da parte dello staff". Ma la cosa più importante di questa squadra, è semplicemente che esiste. Pochi sono i grandi club di serie A che si sono già dotati di una squadra femminile; oltre alla Juve nella massima serie c'è la Fiorentina, l'Inter potrebbe arrivare l'anno prossimo mentre la Lazio è nella serie B femminile, e non c'è traccia di Roma, Napoli o Milan. E invece il coinvolgimento dei grandi club è essenziale per attirare l'attenzione, ed è chiaro che qualcuno già comincia a scommettere che il gioco varrà la candela. Passo passo, si farà, auspica la centrocampista bianconera, la finlandese Tujia Hyyrynen: "In Finlandia e in Svezia il calcio è molto popolare fra le ragazze, qui in Italia mi pare che non sia lo stesso ma si va migliorando. Che la Juventus abbia varato la squadra femminile è un passo nella direzione giusta". Se gli azzurri hanno deluso non riuscendo a qualificarsi per i mondiali di Russia, forse il calcio femminile potrebbe suscitare maggiore passione negli italiani? E' difficile abbattere le barriere. In Italia è ancora abissale la distanza - non tecnica ma di status - fra le ragazze del pallone e gli strapagati colleghi professionisti maschi. Stefano Breghin guida la Juve delle donne: "Naturalmente in Italia le calciatrici sono ancora dilettanti, e questo ci vincola nella scelta delle calciatrici straniere perché molte di loro sono professioniste nei loro paesi, ed è difficile proporre a una professionista di tornare dilettante per entrare nelle nostre squadre."

Le ragazze Juve: la vecchia signora domina il calcio femminile

Torino, (askanews) - La Juventus domina, e non solo la serie A al maschile: la squadra di Torino spadroneggia nel campionato anche al femminile; otto vittorie in otto partite. Appena sbarcate nella massima serie delle donne, le bianconere, in gran parte giunte dalle squadre dilettanti migliori come il Brescia, già dimostrano il loro potere. Perché la Juve è sempre la Juve, dice l'attaccante Simona Sodini: "Una squadra di tante atlete che non hanno mai giocato insieme, ma c'è tanta professionalità anche da parte dello staff". Ma la cosa più importante di questa squadra, è semplicemente che esiste. Pochi sono i grandi club di serie A che si sono già dotati di una squadra femminile; oltre alla Juve nella massima serie c'è la Fiorentina, l'Inter potrebbe arrivare l'anno prossimo mentre la Lazio è nella serie B femminile, e non c'è traccia di Roma, Napoli o Milan. E invece il coinvolgimento dei grandi club è essenziale per attirare l'attenzione, ed è chiaro che qualcuno già comincia a scommettere che il gioco varrà la candela. Passo passo, si farà, auspica la centrocampista bianconera, la finlandese Tujia Hyyrynen: "In Finlandia e in Svezia il calcio è molto popolare fra le ragazze, qui in Italia mi pare che non sia lo stesso ma si va migliorando. Che la Juventus abbia varato la squadra femminile è un passo nella direzione giusta". Se gli azzurri hanno deluso non riuscendo a qualificarsi per i mondiali di Russia, forse il calcio femminile potrebbe suscitare maggiore passione negli italiani? E' difficile abbattere le barriere. In Italia è ancora abissale la distanza - non tecnica ma di status - fra le ragazze del pallone e gli strapagati colleghi professionisti maschi. Stefano Breghin guida la Juve delle donne: "Naturalmente in Italia le calciatrici sono ancora dilettanti, e questo ci vincola nella scelta delle calciatrici straniere perché molte di loro sono professioniste nei loro paesi, ed è difficile proporre a una professionista di tornare dilettante per entrare nelle nostre squadre."

Le ragazze Juve: la vecchia signora domina il calcio femminile

Torino, (askanews) - La Juventus domina, e non solo la serie A al maschile: la squadra di Torino spadroneggia nel campionato anche al femminile; otto vittorie in otto partite. Appena sbarcate nella massima serie delle donne, le bianconere, in gran parte giunte dalle squadre dilettanti migliori come il Brescia, già dimostrano il loro potere. Perché la Juve è sempre la Juve, dice l'attaccante Simona Sodini: "Una squadra di tante atlete che non hanno mai giocato insieme, ma c'è tanta professionalità anche da parte dello staff". Ma la cosa più importante di questa squadra, è semplicemente che esiste. Pochi sono i grandi club di serie A che si sono già dotati di una squadra femminile; oltre alla Juve nella massima serie c'è la Fiorentina, l'Inter potrebbe arrivare l'anno prossimo mentre la Lazio è nella serie B femminile, e non c'è traccia di Roma, Napoli o Milan. E invece il coinvolgimento dei grandi club è essenziale per attirare l'attenzione, ed è chiaro che qualcuno già comincia a scommettere che il gioco varrà la candela. Passo passo, si farà, auspica la centrocampista bianconera, la finlandese Tujia Hyyrynen: "In Finlandia e in Svezia il calcio è molto popolare fra le ragazze, qui in Italia mi pare che non sia lo stesso ma si va migliorando. Che la Juventus abbia varato la squadra femminile è un passo nella direzione giusta". Se gli azzurri hanno deluso non riuscendo a qualificarsi per i mondiali di Russia, forse il calcio femminile potrebbe suscitare maggiore passione negli italiani? E' difficile abbattere le barriere. In Italia è ancora abissale la distanza - non tecnica ma di status - fra le ragazze del pallone e gli strapagati colleghi professionisti maschi. Stefano Breghin guida la Juve delle donne: "Naturalmente in Italia le calciatrici sono ancora dilettanti, e questo ci vincola nella scelta delle calciatrici straniere perché molte di loro sono professioniste nei loro paesi, ed è difficile proporre a una professionista di tornare dilettante per entrare nelle nostre squadre."

Le ragazze Juve: la vecchia signora domina il calcio femminile

Torino, (askanews) - La Juventus domina, e non solo la serie A al maschile: la squadra di Torino spadroneggia nel campionato anche al femminile; otto vittorie in otto partite. Appena sbarcate nella massima serie delle donne, le bianconere, in gran parte giunte dalle squadre dilettanti migliori come il Brescia, già dimostrano il loro potere. Perché la Juve è sempre la Juve, dice l'attaccante Simona Sodini: "Una squadra di tante atlete che non hanno mai giocato insieme, ma c'è tanta professionalità anche da parte dello staff". Ma la cosa più importante di questa squadra, è semplicemente che esiste. Pochi sono i grandi club di serie A che si sono già dotati di una squadra femminile; oltre alla Juve nella massima serie c'è la Fiorentina, l'Inter potrebbe arrivare l'anno prossimo mentre la Lazio è nella serie B femminile, e non c'è traccia di Roma, Napoli o Milan. E invece il coinvolgimento dei grandi club è essenziale per attirare l'attenzione, ed è chiaro che qualcuno già comincia a scommettere che il gioco varrà la candela. Passo passo, si farà, auspica la centrocampista bianconera, la finlandese Tujia Hyyrynen: "In Finlandia e in Svezia il calcio è molto popolare fra le ragazze, qui in Italia mi pare che non sia lo stesso ma si va migliorando. Che la Juventus abbia varato la squadra femminile è un passo nella direzione giusta". Se gli azzurri hanno deluso non riuscendo a qualificarsi per i mondiali di Russia, forse il calcio femminile potrebbe suscitare maggiore passione negli italiani? E' difficile abbattere le barriere. In Italia è ancora abissale la distanza - non tecnica ma di status - fra le ragazze del pallone e gli strapagati colleghi professionisti maschi. Stefano Breghin guida la Juve delle donne: "Naturalmente in Italia le calciatrici sono ancora dilettanti, e questo ci vincola nella scelta delle calciatrici straniere perché molte di loro sono professioniste nei loro paesi, ed è difficile proporre a una professionista di tornare dilettante per entrare nelle nostre squadre."

Le ragazze Juve: la vecchia signora domina il calcio femminile

Torino, (askanews) - La Juventus domina, e non solo la serie A al maschile: la squadra di Torino spadroneggia nel campionato anche al femminile; otto vittorie in otto partite. Appena sbarcate nella massima serie delle donne, le bianconere, in gran parte giunte dalle squadre dilettanti migliori come il Brescia, già dimostrano il loro potere. Perché la Juve è sempre la Juve, dice l'attaccante Simona Sodini: "Una squadra di tante atlete che non hanno mai giocato insieme, ma c'è tanta professionalità anche da parte dello staff". Ma la cosa più importante di questa squadra, è semplicemente che esiste. Pochi sono i grandi club di serie A che si sono già dotati di una squadra femminile; oltre alla Juve nella massima serie c'è la Fiorentina, l'Inter potrebbe arrivare l'anno prossimo mentre la Lazio è nella serie B femminile, e non c'è traccia di Roma, Napoli o Milan. E invece il coinvolgimento dei grandi club è essenziale per attirare l'attenzione, ed è chiaro che qualcuno già comincia a scommettere che il gioco varrà la candela. Passo passo, si farà, auspica la centrocampista bianconera, la finlandese Tujia Hyyrynen: "In Finlandia e in Svezia il calcio è molto popolare fra le ragazze, qui in Italia mi pare che non sia lo stesso ma si va migliorando. Che la Juventus abbia varato la squadra femminile è un passo nella direzione giusta". Se gli azzurri hanno deluso non riuscendo a qualificarsi per i mondiali di Russia, forse il calcio femminile potrebbe suscitare maggiore passione negli italiani? E' difficile abbattere le barriere. In Italia è ancora abissale la distanza - non tecnica ma di status - fra le ragazze del pallone e gli strapagati colleghi professionisti maschi. Stefano Breghin guida la Juve delle donne: "Naturalmente in Italia le calciatrici sono ancora dilettanti, e questo ci vincola nella scelta delle calciatrici straniere perché molte di loro sono professioniste nei loro paesi, ed è difficile proporre a una professionista di tornare dilettante per entrare nelle nostre squadre."

Serie A: 16. Spieltag: Inter behauptet Spitze, Napoli patzt, BVB-Gegner siegt

Am 16. Spieltag der Serie A hat Neapel den Sprung an die Tabellenspitze verpasst. Dort thront weiter Inter nach einem Remis im Spitzenduell gegen Juventus. Lazio Rom verliert im Heimspiel gegen Torino - Immobile musst aufgrund eines Kopfstoßes mit Rot runter. Zum Abschluss kam Dortmunds EL-Gegner Atalanta Bergamo zu einem Auswärtssieg.

Perisic guarda Lazio-Torino e 'chiama' Benatia: "Era rigore"

Ivan Perisic è tornato sul possibile fallo di mano di Medhi Benatia durante Juventus-Inter, paragonandolo a quello di Iago Falque: "Era rigore".

Perisic guarda Lazio-Torino e 'chiama' Benatia: "Era rigore"

Ivan Perisic è tornato sul possibile fallo di mano di Medhi Benatia durante Juventus-Inter, paragonandolo a quello di Iago Falque: "Era rigore".

Perisic guarda Lazio-Torino e 'chiama' Benatia: "Era rigore"

Ivan Perisic è tornato sul possibile fallo di mano di Medhi Benatia durante Juventus-Inter, paragonandolo a quello di Iago Falque: "Era rigore".

Serie A: Der 17. Spieltag im Livestream und Liveticker

Zu Beginn des 17. Spieltags muss sich der Tabellenführer Inter Mailand gegen Udinese beweisen, bevor der SSC Neapel zu Gast beim FC Turin ist. Die Verfolger Roma und Juventus Turin haben leichte Aufgaben vor sich, während Ciro Immobiles Lazio gegen Dortmunds Europa-League-Gegner Atalanta Bergamo ran muss.

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Rino Gattuso has never been bashful about his belligerence. The AC Milan manager had clocked only 10 days in the job before his side’s dead rubber Europa League defeat by Rijeka last Thursday compelled Ringhio, 'the Growl’, to betray his disgruntlement with his charges. “We have got to change direction,” he said. “Because we are going nowhere like this. When you wear the Milan jersey, you need to respect it. When we get a punch in the teeth, I get the feeling we never recover.” The World Cup-winning midfielder, a consummate scuffler who won two Champions Leagues and two Serie A titles in 13 years at the club, once butted the Tottenham coach Joe Jordan, a venture most who knew anything about the abrasive former Leeds United, Manchester United, Scotland and, yes, Milan centre-forward would happily swap with a kamikaze commission. In 2003 he was sent off for slapping the 6ft 5in Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the face and though the two ended up as team-mates during Milan’s last scudetto-winning campaign in 2010-11, the incorrigible Ibrahimovic had his revenge for that episode and a few salty training ground words, by picking Gattuso up and depositing him head first into a dressing room bin. One wonders if that is the kind of response Gattuso would welcome now. At least it shows some spirit. “When I lost a match I broke down in frustration,” he said. “Today players lose, take a selfie and put it on the internet. They make me sick.” It’s an attitude - a kind of disgust - that aligns a manager with supporters whose exasperation during six years of decline has curdled into revulsion and open revolt. It is also dangerous in two senses - firstly in a volatile football culture where fans are not unafraid of physical confrontation with players it could be misinterpreted. Secondly, although owners think they want a hardline approach, a disciplinarian to kick backsides and focus minds on a common purpose, they rarely have the stomach to see it through should the merest whiff of player alienation and resistance emanate from the training ground. Think of the clubs who appoint an insurgent to transform the atmosphere and practices - Real Madrid with John Toshack’s second appointment, say, or Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland - and before too long points of principle are sacrificed, along with the taskmaster, in pursuit of peace. And the trigger point usually follows public criticism of a player, a line Gattuso flirted with when addressing the travails of his £34m centre-forward in Croatia. “We all know his qualities, he's a player of international level,” he said. "He struggled today, he looked like a foreign object in the team. When you have the opportunity to play for 90 minutes wearing AC Milan's shirt you have to do more.” Gattuso confront Joe Jordan in 2011 Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini He has been in charge for only two games - a 2-2 draw with Benevento whose goalkeeper scored a 95th-minute equaliser to claim their first point of the season after 14 lost league matches - and the defeat by Rijeka that did not affect Milan’s place at the top of Europa League Group D in their first continental campaign for four seasons. Both set-backs were palpably the players’ fault but managers are always dispensable no matter their service and loyalty, especially at Milan. Mauro Tassotti and Cristian Brocchi, like Gattuso, have moved up from the youth department to run the first team in caretaker roles but left the club after not getting the full-time job while Clarence Seedorf and Pippo Inzaghi, team-mates of Gattuso, have also endured stints in charge since the club sacked Max Allegri in 2014. Twice during the past 3½ years they have looked outside and appointed Sinisa Mihajlovic and Vincenzo Montella but neither, despite winning one in two league games, have convinced an impatient club that they have solved the long-standing problems of brittleness and inconsistency. Despite a huge churn of players, systemic reform at youth and academy level, the hard work of elite development and fostering club culture, was avoided in preference for the quick fix – give the manager’s job to a favoured son and demand a miracle. Where Silvio Berlusconi had the drive 20 years before to rebuild an institution, the club was in the business of providing instant gratification on the cheap for the six years since their 2011 title until he finally completed the sale to Rossoneri Sport Investment last spring. It was a convoluted deal involving the stipulated payment of instalments, one of which was rescheduled, to Li Yonghong’s Luxembourg-based holding company. The €740m deal, it later emerged, was partly financed by a €303m bridging loan from Elliott Management, the New York hedge fund firm, repayable next November at an interest rate of 11.5 per cent for the first €180m and 7.7% on the remainder. Small wonder Li’s investment vehicle is looking to refinance before then because the conditions attached to the loan, as well as the eye-watering rate, means any default hands ownership of the club to the ‘vulture fund’. 'A knife wound would have been less painful than that goal,' Gattuso said of the Benevento equaliser Credit: CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images In addition to the mechanics of the serpentine takeover process and timetable, the specifics of Li’s business interests in China have been queried and his disputes with regulators there detailed by the New York Times last month. Like other things in Europe, the takeover has hardly led to the broad, sunlit uplands of institutional rejuvenation. Back in the summer of 2015, Berlusconi splurged €80m on five players but without a proper structure in place succeeded only in moving up from 10th to 7th in the league in spite of Carlos Bacca’s 18 goals. Before this season they spent €230m, bringing in Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio, Lucas Biglia, Franck Kessie, Nikola Kalinic and Fabio Borini. Bonucci, a terrific centre-back at Juventus and designed to be a talismanic signing, has been woeful, even though Montella switched to a back three after the 4-1 defeat by Lazio in September. His effort is conspicuous but the concentration lapses that persuaded Inter to let him go 10 years ago have returned as he tries to inspire a skittish team spooked by the crowd’s irritation. All the positives of his game at Juventus, the way he galloped forward or started attacks with diagonal, chipped passes are of little use to an anxious, dysfunctional team and the change of system has unnerved the excellent Alessio Romagnoli. Moreover the multiplicity of unsatsfactory options has fostered indecisive selection: Montella selected 20 different starters in 14 league games. Leonardo Bonucci has been out of sorts for club and country since moving to Milan from Juventus last summer Credit: Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP More than anything, the incontinent spree exposes a fundamental flaw with their recruitment process. Hardly any of Milan’s recent big money signings have prospered and the majority of them have been bombed out within a couple of years. Alessandro Matri, Luiz Adriano, Andrea Bertolacci, Gianluca Lapadula and Bacca were all brought in for significant fees over the past three season and each has already left for a loss apart from Bacca who is out on loan at Sevilla but has no desire to come back. So far they  have been beaten by Empoli, Lazio, Sampdoria, Roma, Inter and Napoli and have not scored at home in the league since Sept 20. A club that has spent heavily and is in the midst of complex, crucial refinancing negotiations said at the start of the season that Champions League qualification was an imperative. As it has to be for those who do not own their own stadiums and are trying to break into the top end of the Far East merchandising market. It’s where the money that would allow them to compete with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and the petrodollar giants has to come from. They are currently 13 points off fourth place which makes winning the Europa Cup an attractive alternative. Such a disjointed performance against Rijeka, therefore, has rattled even more cages. Andre Silva, who cost £35m, was singled out for criticism by Gattuso after his inept performance against Rijeka Credit: REUTERS/Antonio Bronic In some circumstances Gattuso is the ideal hair shirt manager. The Pisa side he led to promotion to Serie B in 2016 were extraordinarily hard working and though they were relegated in 21st place at the end of their their first season back up after being unable to strengthen the squad significantly, they managed to draw 21 of 42 games and conceded only 36 goals, the second lowest in the division. That they managed to score a mere 23, however, illustrates that the virtues of diligence, discipline, coherent organisation, unyielding passion and commitment can only do so much to compensate for a lack of talent and invention. But even in those reduced circumstances, Gattuso managed to impose a coherent structure on the team, if not the club. At Milan that will not be enough. The problems with the team are a symptom of what is wrong with the club and introducing some bite in the dug-out because they have no bite on the pitch can only be a short-term solution. Gattuso can preach as much as he likes about the Milan way and the duty the players owe to the shirt but when you have new owners, new executives and new players the transfusion takes a lot longer. He may sort the defence out because that has been his forte but the success of ‘management by hand grenade’, as the former Swindon CEO, Nick Watkins, described Paolo Di Canio’s approach, is typically fleeting. The best young players in world football After five topsy-turvy seasons of decline, it is preposterous to think a turnaround could be achieved by Montella, a manager who has never qualified for the Champions League, and seemingly scattergun recruitment. It’s a long road back for the second most successful club in European history and establishing firm foundations with the investment would have seemed more logical than a dash for glory but perhaps with the loan the takeover vehicle required and its terms, it had to be that way. Prudence is rarely the seductive option but onfield it is likely to be Gattuso’s most effective approach and the 15,000 increase on average attendances from last season in the seven games so far is a positive sign amid the muddle. A goal against Bologna at San Siro on Sunday night would be an overdue step forward.

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Rino Gattuso has never been bashful about his belligerence. The AC Milan manager had clocked only 10 days in the job before his side’s dead rubber Europa League defeat by Rijeka last Thursday compelled Ringhio, 'the Growl’, to betray his disgruntlement with his charges. “We have got to change direction,” he said. “Because we are going nowhere like this. When you wear the Milan jersey, you need to respect it. When we get a punch in the teeth, I get the feeling we never recover.” The World Cup-winning midfielder, a consummate scuffler who won two Champions Leagues and two Serie A titles in 13 years at the club, once butted the Tottenham coach Joe Jordan, a venture most who knew anything about the abrasive former Leeds United, Manchester United, Scotland and, yes, Milan centre-forward would happily swap with a kamikaze commission. In 2003 he was sent off for slapping the 6ft 5in Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the face and though the two ended up as team-mates during Milan’s last scudetto-winning campaign in 2010-11, the incorrigible Ibrahimovic had his revenge for that episode and a few salty training ground words, by picking Gattuso up and depositing him head first into a dressing room bin. One wonders if that is the kind of response Gattuso would welcome now. At least it shows some spirit. “When I lost a match I broke down in frustration,” he said. “Today players lose, take a selfie and put it on the internet. They make me sick.” It’s an attitude - a kind of disgust - that aligns a manager with supporters whose exasperation during six years of decline has curdled into revulsion and open revolt. It is also dangerous in two senses - firstly in a volatile football culture where fans are not unafraid of physical confrontation with players it could be misinterpreted. Secondly, although owners think they want a hardline approach, a disciplinarian to kick backsides and focus minds on a common purpose, they rarely have the stomach to see it through should the merest whiff of player alienation and resistance emanate from the training ground. Think of the clubs who appoint an insurgent to transform the atmosphere and practices - Real Madrid with John Toshack’s second appointment, say, or Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland - and before too long points of principle are sacrificed, along with the taskmaster, in pursuit of peace. And the trigger point usually follows public criticism of a player, a line Gattuso flirted with when addressing the travails of his £34m centre-forward in Croatia. “We all know his qualities, he's a player of international level,” he said. "He struggled today, he looked like a foreign object in the team. When you have the opportunity to play for 90 minutes wearing AC Milan's shirt you have to do more.” Gattuso confront Joe Jordan in 2011 Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini He has been in charge for only two games - a 2-2 draw with Benevento whose goalkeeper scored a 95th-minute equaliser to claim their first point of the season after 14 lost league matches - and the defeat by Rijeka that did not affect Milan’s place at the top of Europa League Group D in their first continental campaign for four seasons. Both set-backs were palpably the players’ fault but managers are always dispensable no matter their service and loyalty, especially at Milan. Mauro Tassotti and Cristian Brocchi, like Gattuso, have moved up from the youth department to run the first team in caretaker roles but left the club after not getting the full-time job while Clarence Seedorf and Pippo Inzaghi, team-mates of Gattuso, have also endured stints in charge since the club sacked Max Allegri in 2014. Twice during the past 3½ years they have looked outside and appointed Sinisa Mihajlovic and Vincenzo Montella but neither, despite winning one in two league games, have convinced an impatient club that they have solved the long-standing problems of brittleness and inconsistency. Despite a huge churn of players, systemic reform at youth and academy level, the hard work of elite development and fostering club culture, was avoided in preference for the quick fix – give the manager’s job to a favoured son and demand a miracle. Where Silvio Berlusconi had the drive 20 years before to rebuild an institution, the club was in the business of providing instant gratification on the cheap for the six years since their 2011 title until he finally completed the sale to Rossoneri Sport Investment last spring. It was a convoluted deal involving the stipulated payment of instalments, one of which was rescheduled, to Li Yonghong’s Luxembourg-based holding company. The €740m deal, it later emerged, was partly financed by a €303m bridging loan from Elliott Management, the New York hedge fund firm, repayable next November at an interest rate of 11.5 per cent for the first €180m and 7.7% on the remainder. Small wonder Li’s investment vehicle is looking to refinance before then because the conditions attached to the loan, as well as the eye-watering rate, means any default hands ownership of the club to the ‘vulture fund’. 'A knife wound would have been less painful than that goal,' Gattuso said of the Benevento equaliser Credit: CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images In addition to the mechanics of the serpentine takeover process and timetable, the specifics of Li’s business interests in China have been queried and his disputes with regulators there detailed by the New York Times last month. Like other things in Europe, the takeover has hardly led to the broad, sunlit uplands of institutional rejuvenation. Back in the summer of 2015, Berlusconi splurged €80m on five players but without a proper structure in place succeeded only in moving up from 10th to 7th in the league in spite of Carlos Bacca’s 18 goals. Before this season they spent €230m, bringing in Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio, Lucas Biglia, Franck Kessie, Nikola Kalinic and Fabio Borini. Bonucci, a terrific centre-back at Juventus and designed to be a talismanic signing, has been woeful, even though Montella switched to a back three after the 4-1 defeat by Lazio in September. His effort is conspicuous but the concentration lapses that persuaded Inter to let him go 10 years ago have returned as he tries to inspire a skittish team spooked by the crowd’s irritation. All the positives of his game at Juventus, the way he galloped forward or started attacks with diagonal, chipped passes are of little use to an anxious, dysfunctional team and the change of system has unnerved the excellent Alessio Romagnoli. Moreover the multiplicity of unsatsfactory options has fostered indecisive selection: Montella selected 20 different starters in 14 league games. Leonardo Bonucci has been out of sorts for club and country since moving to Milan from Juventus last summer Credit: Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP More than anything, the incontinent spree exposes a fundamental flaw with their recruitment process. Hardly any of Milan’s recent big money signings have prospered and the majority of them have been bombed out within a couple of years. Alessandro Matri, Luiz Adriano, Andrea Bertolacci, Gianluca Lapadula and Bacca were all brought in for significant fees over the past three season and each has already left for a loss apart from Bacca who is out on loan at Sevilla but has no desire to come back. So far they  have been beaten by Empoli, Lazio, Sampdoria, Roma, Inter and Napoli and have not scored at home in the league since Sept 20. A club that has spent heavily and is in the midst of complex, crucial refinancing negotiations said at the start of the season that Champions League qualification was an imperative. As it has to be for those who do not own their own stadiums and are trying to break into the top end of the Far East merchandising market. It’s where the money that would allow them to compete with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and the petrodollar giants has to come from. They are currently 13 points off fourth place which makes winning the Europa Cup an attractive alternative. Such a disjointed performance against Rijeka, therefore, has rattled even more cages. Andre Silva, who cost £35m, was singled out for criticism by Gattuso after his inept performance against Rijeka Credit: REUTERS/Antonio Bronic In some circumstances Gattuso is the ideal hair shirt manager. The Pisa side he led to promotion to Serie B in 2016 were extraordinarily hard working and though they were relegated in 21st place at the end of their their first season back up after being unable to strengthen the squad significantly, they managed to draw 21 of 42 games and conceded only 36 goals, the second lowest in the division. That they managed to score a mere 23, however, illustrates that the virtues of diligence, discipline, coherent organisation, unyielding passion and commitment can only do so much to compensate for a lack of talent and invention. But even in those reduced circumstances, Gattuso managed to impose a coherent structure on the team, if not the club. At Milan that will not be enough. The problems with the team are a symptom of what is wrong with the club and introducing some bite in the dug-out because they have no bite on the pitch can only be a short-term solution. Gattuso can preach as much as he likes about the Milan way and the duty the players owe to the shirt but when you have new owners, new executives and new players the transfusion takes a lot longer. He may sort the defence out because that has been his forte but the success of ‘management by hand grenade’, as the former Swindon CEO, Nick Watkins, described Paolo Di Canio’s approach, is typically fleeting. The best young players in world football After five topsy-turvy seasons of decline, it is preposterous to think a turnaround could be achieved by Montella, a manager who has never qualified for the Champions League, and seemingly scattergun recruitment. It’s a long road back for the second most successful club in European history and establishing firm foundations with the investment would have seemed more logical than a dash for glory but perhaps with the loan the takeover vehicle required and its terms, it had to be that way. Prudence is rarely the seductive option but onfield it is likely to be Gattuso’s most effective approach and the 15,000 increase on average attendances from last season in the seven games so far is a positive sign amid the muddle. A goal against Bologna at San Siro on Sunday night would be an overdue step forward.

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Rino Gattuso has never been bashful about his belligerence. The AC Milan manager had clocked only 10 days in the job before his side’s dead rubber Europa League defeat by Rijeka last Thursday compelled Ringhio, 'the Growl’, to betray his disgruntlement with his charges. “We have got to change direction,” he said. “Because we are going nowhere like this. When you wear the Milan jersey, you need to respect it. When we get a punch in the teeth, I get the feeling we never recover.” The World Cup-winning midfielder, a consummate scuffler who won two Champions Leagues and two Serie A titles in 13 years at the club, once butted the Tottenham coach Joe Jordan, a venture most who knew anything about the abrasive former Leeds United, Manchester United, Scotland and, yes, Milan centre-forward would happily swap with a kamikaze commission. In 2003 he was sent off for slapping the 6ft 5in Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the face and though the two ended up as team-mates during Milan’s last scudetto-winning campaign in 2010-11, the incorrigible Ibrahimovic had his revenge for that episode and a few salty training ground words, by picking Gattuso up and depositing him head first into a dressing room bin. One wonders if that is the kind of response Gattuso would welcome now. At least it shows some spirit. “When I lost a match I broke down in frustration,” he said. “Today players lose, take a selfie and put it on the internet. They make me sick.” It’s an attitude - a kind of disgust - that aligns a manager with supporters whose exasperation during six years of decline has curdled into revulsion and open revolt. It is also dangerous in two senses - firstly in a volatile football culture where fans are not unafraid of physical confrontation with players it could be misinterpreted. Secondly, although owners think they want a hardline approach, a disciplinarian to kick backsides and focus minds on a common purpose, they rarely have the stomach to see it through should the merest whiff of player alienation and resistance emanate from the training ground. Think of the clubs who appoint an insurgent to transform the atmosphere and practices - Real Madrid with John Toshack’s second appointment, say, or Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland - and before too long points of principle are sacrificed, along with the taskmaster, in pursuit of peace. And the trigger point usually follows public criticism of a player, a line Gattuso flirted with when addressing the travails of his £34m centre-forward in Croatia. “We all know his qualities, he's a player of international level,” he said. "He struggled today, he looked like a foreign object in the team. When you have the opportunity to play for 90 minutes wearing AC Milan's shirt you have to do more.” Gattuso confront Joe Jordan in 2011 Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini He has been in charge for only two games - a 2-2 draw with Benevento whose goalkeeper scored a 95th-minute equaliser to claim their first point of the season after 14 lost league matches - and the defeat by Rijeka that did not affect Milan’s place at the top of Europa League Group D in their first continental campaign for four seasons. Both set-backs were palpably the players’ fault but managers are always dispensable no matter their service and loyalty, especially at Milan. Mauro Tassotti and Cristian Brocchi, like Gattuso, have moved up from the youth department to run the first team in caretaker roles but left the club after not getting the full-time job while Clarence Seedorf and Pippo Inzaghi, team-mates of Gattuso, have also endured stints in charge since the club sacked Max Allegri in 2014. Twice during the past 3½ years they have looked outside and appointed Sinisa Mihajlovic and Vincenzo Montella but neither, despite winning one in two league games, have convinced an impatient club that they have solved the long-standing problems of brittleness and inconsistency. Despite a huge churn of players, systemic reform at youth and academy level, the hard work of elite development and fostering club culture, was avoided in preference for the quick fix – give the manager’s job to a favoured son and demand a miracle. Where Silvio Berlusconi had the drive 20 years before to rebuild an institution, the club was in the business of providing instant gratification on the cheap for the six years since their 2011 title until he finally completed the sale to Rossoneri Sport Investment last spring. It was a convoluted deal involving the stipulated payment of instalments, one of which was rescheduled, to Li Yonghong’s Luxembourg-based holding company. The €740m deal, it later emerged, was partly financed by a €303m bridging loan from Elliott Management, the New York hedge fund firm, repayable next November at an interest rate of 11.5 per cent for the first €180m and 7.7% on the remainder. Small wonder Li’s investment vehicle is looking to refinance before then because the conditions attached to the loan, as well as the eye-watering rate, means any default hands ownership of the club to the ‘vulture fund’. 'A knife wound would have been less painful than that goal,' Gattuso said of the Benevento equaliser Credit: CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images In addition to the mechanics of the serpentine takeover process and timetable, the specifics of Li’s business interests in China have been queried and his disputes with regulators there detailed by the New York Times last month. Like other things in Europe, the takeover has hardly led to the broad, sunlit uplands of institutional rejuvenation. Back in the summer of 2015, Berlusconi splurged €80m on five players but without a proper structure in place succeeded only in moving up from 10th to 7th in the league in spite of Carlos Bacca’s 18 goals. Before this season they spent €230m, bringing in Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio, Lucas Biglia, Franck Kessie, Nikola Kalinic and Fabio Borini. Bonucci, a terrific centre-back at Juventus and designed to be a talismanic signing, has been woeful, even though Montella switched to a back three after the 4-1 defeat by Lazio in September. His effort is conspicuous but the concentration lapses that persuaded Inter to let him go 10 years ago have returned as he tries to inspire a skittish team spooked by the crowd’s irritation. All the positives of his game at Juventus, the way he galloped forward or started attacks with diagonal, chipped passes are of little use to an anxious, dysfunctional team and the change of system has unnerved the excellent Alessio Romagnoli. Moreover the multiplicity of unsatsfactory options has fostered indecisive selection: Montella selected 20 different starters in 14 league games. Leonardo Bonucci has been out of sorts for club and country since moving to Milan from Juventus last summer Credit: Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP More than anything, the incontinent spree exposes a fundamental flaw with their recruitment process. Hardly any of Milan’s recent big money signings have prospered and the majority of them have been bombed out within a couple of years. Alessandro Matri, Luiz Adriano, Andrea Bertolacci, Gianluca Lapadula and Bacca were all brought in for significant fees over the past three season and each has already left for a loss apart from Bacca who is out on loan at Sevilla but has no desire to come back. So far they  have been beaten by Empoli, Lazio, Sampdoria, Roma, Inter and Napoli and have not scored at home in the league since Sept 20. A club that has spent heavily and is in the midst of complex, crucial refinancing negotiations said at the start of the season that Champions League qualification was an imperative. As it has to be for those who do not own their own stadiums and are trying to break into the top end of the Far East merchandising market. It’s where the money that would allow them to compete with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and the petrodollar giants has to come from. They are currently 13 points off fourth place which makes winning the Europa Cup an attractive alternative. Such a disjointed performance against Rijeka, therefore, has rattled even more cages. Andre Silva, who cost £35m, was singled out for criticism by Gattuso after his inept performance against Rijeka Credit: REUTERS/Antonio Bronic In some circumstances Gattuso is the ideal hair shirt manager. The Pisa side he led to promotion to Serie B in 2016 were extraordinarily hard working and though they were relegated in 21st place at the end of their their first season back up after being unable to strengthen the squad significantly, they managed to draw 21 of 42 games and conceded only 36 goals, the second lowest in the division. That they managed to score a mere 23, however, illustrates that the virtues of diligence, discipline, coherent organisation, unyielding passion and commitment can only do so much to compensate for a lack of talent and invention. But even in those reduced circumstances, Gattuso managed to impose a coherent structure on the team, if not the club. At Milan that will not be enough. The problems with the team are a symptom of what is wrong with the club and introducing some bite in the dug-out because they have no bite on the pitch can only be a short-term solution. Gattuso can preach as much as he likes about the Milan way and the duty the players owe to the shirt but when you have new owners, new executives and new players the transfusion takes a lot longer. He may sort the defence out because that has been his forte but the success of ‘management by hand grenade’, as the former Swindon CEO, Nick Watkins, described Paolo Di Canio’s approach, is typically fleeting. The best young players in world football After five topsy-turvy seasons of decline, it is preposterous to think a turnaround could be achieved by Montella, a manager who has never qualified for the Champions League, and seemingly scattergun recruitment. It’s a long road back for the second most successful club in European history and establishing firm foundations with the investment would have seemed more logical than a dash for glory but perhaps with the loan the takeover vehicle required and its terms, it had to be that way. Prudence is rarely the seductive option but onfield it is likely to be Gattuso’s most effective approach and the 15,000 increase on average attendances from last season in the seven games so far is a positive sign amid the muddle. A goal against Bologna at San Siro on Sunday night would be an overdue step forward.

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Rino Gattuso has never been bashful about his belligerence. The AC Milan manager had clocked only 10 days in the job before his side’s dead rubber Europa League defeat by Rijeka last Thursday compelled Ringhio, 'the Growl’, to betray his disgruntlement with his charges. “We have got to change direction,” he said. “Because we are going nowhere like this. When you wear the Milan jersey, you need to respect it. When we get a punch in the teeth, I get the feeling we never recover.” The World Cup-winning midfielder, a consummate scuffler who won two Champions Leagues and two Serie A titles in 13 years at the club, once butted the Tottenham coach Joe Jordan, a venture most who knew anything about the abrasive former Leeds United, Manchester United, Scotland and, yes, Milan centre-forward would happily swap with a kamikaze commission. In 2003 he was sent off for slapping the 6ft 5in Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the face and though the two ended up as team-mates during Milan’s last scudetto-winning campaign in 2010-11, the incorrigible Ibrahimovic had his revenge for that episode and a few salty training ground words, by picking Gattuso up and depositing him head first into a dressing room bin. One wonders if that is the kind of response Gattuso would welcome now. At least it shows some spirit. “When I lost a match I broke down in frustration,” he said. “Today players lose, take a selfie and put it on the internet. They make me sick.” It’s an attitude - a kind of disgust - that aligns a manager with supporters whose exasperation during six years of decline has curdled into revulsion and open revolt. It is also dangerous in two senses - firstly in a volatile football culture where fans are not unafraid of physical confrontation with players it could be misinterpreted. Secondly, although owners think they want a hardline approach, a disciplinarian to kick backsides and focus minds on a common purpose, they rarely have the stomach to see it through should the merest whiff of player alienation and resistance emanate from the training ground. Think of the clubs who appoint an insurgent to transform the atmosphere and practices - Real Madrid with John Toshack’s second appointment, say, or Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland - and before too long points of principle are sacrificed, along with the taskmaster, in pursuit of peace. And the trigger point usually follows public criticism of a player, a line Gattuso flirted with when addressing the travails of his £34m centre-forward in Croatia. “We all know his qualities, he's a player of international level,” he said. "He struggled today, he looked like a foreign object in the team. When you have the opportunity to play for 90 minutes wearing AC Milan's shirt you have to do more.” Gattuso confront Joe Jordan in 2011 Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini He has been in charge for only two games - a 2-2 draw with Benevento whose goalkeeper scored a 95th-minute equaliser to claim their first point of the season after 14 lost league matches - and the defeat by Rijeka that did not affect Milan’s place at the top of Europa League Group D in their first continental campaign for four seasons. Both set-backs were palpably the players’ fault but managers are always dispensable no matter their service and loyalty, especially at Milan. Mauro Tassotti and Cristian Brocchi, like Gattuso, have moved up from the youth department to run the first team in caretaker roles but left the club after not getting the full-time job while Clarence Seedorf and Pippo Inzaghi, team-mates of Gattuso, have also endured stints in charge since the club sacked Max Allegri in 2014. Twice during the past 3½ years they have looked outside and appointed Sinisa Mihajlovic and Vincenzo Montella but neither, despite winning one in two league games, have convinced an impatient club that they have solved the long-standing problems of brittleness and inconsistency. Despite a huge churn of players, systemic reform at youth and academy level, the hard work of elite development and fostering club culture, was avoided in preference for the quick fix – give the manager’s job to a favoured son and demand a miracle. Where Silvio Berlusconi had the drive 20 years before to rebuild an institution, the club was in the business of providing instant gratification on the cheap for the six years since their 2011 title until he finally completed the sale to Rossoneri Sport Investment last spring. It was a convoluted deal involving the stipulated payment of instalments, one of which was rescheduled, to Li Yonghong’s Luxembourg-based holding company. The €740m deal, it later emerged, was partly financed by a €303m bridging loan from Elliott Management, the New York hedge fund firm, repayable next November at an interest rate of 11.5 per cent for the first €180m and 7.7% on the remainder. Small wonder Li’s investment vehicle is looking to refinance before then because the conditions attached to the loan, as well as the eye-watering rate, means any default hands ownership of the club to the ‘vulture fund’. 'A knife wound would have been less painful than that goal,' Gattuso said of the Benevento equaliser Credit: CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images In addition to the mechanics of the serpentine takeover process and timetable, the specifics of Li’s business interests in China have been queried and his disputes with regulators there detailed by the New York Times last month. Like other things in Europe, the takeover has hardly led to the broad, sunlit uplands of institutional rejuvenation. Back in the summer of 2015, Berlusconi splurged €80m on five players but without a proper structure in place succeeded only in moving up from 10th to 7th in the league in spite of Carlos Bacca’s 18 goals. Before this season they spent €230m, bringing in Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio, Lucas Biglia, Franck Kessie, Nikola Kalinic and Fabio Borini. Bonucci, a terrific centre-back at Juventus and designed to be a talismanic signing, has been woeful, even though Montella switched to a back three after the 4-1 defeat by Lazio in September. His effort is conspicuous but the concentration lapses that persuaded Inter to let him go 10 years ago have returned as he tries to inspire a skittish team spooked by the crowd’s irritation. All the positives of his game at Juventus, the way he galloped forward or started attacks with diagonal, chipped passes are of little use to an anxious, dysfunctional team and the change of system has unnerved the excellent Alessio Romagnoli. Moreover the multiplicity of unsatsfactory options has fostered indecisive selection: Montella selected 20 different starters in 14 league games. Leonardo Bonucci has been out of sorts for club and country since moving to Milan from Juventus last summer Credit: Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP More than anything, the incontinent spree exposes a fundamental flaw with their recruitment process. Hardly any of Milan’s recent big money signings have prospered and the majority of them have been bombed out within a couple of years. Alessandro Matri, Luiz Adriano, Andrea Bertolacci, Gianluca Lapadula and Bacca were all brought in for significant fees over the past three season and each has already left for a loss apart from Bacca who is out on loan at Sevilla but has no desire to come back. So far they  have been beaten by Empoli, Lazio, Sampdoria, Roma, Inter and Napoli and have not scored at home in the league since Sept 20. A club that has spent heavily and is in the midst of complex, crucial refinancing negotiations said at the start of the season that Champions League qualification was an imperative. As it has to be for those who do not own their own stadiums and are trying to break into the top end of the Far East merchandising market. It’s where the money that would allow them to compete with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and the petrodollar giants has to come from. They are currently 13 points off fourth place which makes winning the Europa Cup an attractive alternative. Such a disjointed performance against Rijeka, therefore, has rattled even more cages. Andre Silva, who cost £35m, was singled out for criticism by Gattuso after his inept performance against Rijeka Credit: REUTERS/Antonio Bronic In some circumstances Gattuso is the ideal hair shirt manager. The Pisa side he led to promotion to Serie B in 2016 were extraordinarily hard working and though they were relegated in 21st place at the end of their their first season back up after being unable to strengthen the squad significantly, they managed to draw 21 of 42 games and conceded only 36 goals, the second lowest in the division. That they managed to score a mere 23, however, illustrates that the virtues of diligence, discipline, coherent organisation, unyielding passion and commitment can only do so much to compensate for a lack of talent and invention. But even in those reduced circumstances, Gattuso managed to impose a coherent structure on the team, if not the club. At Milan that will not be enough. The problems with the team are a symptom of what is wrong with the club and introducing some bite in the dug-out because they have no bite on the pitch can only be a short-term solution. Gattuso can preach as much as he likes about the Milan way and the duty the players owe to the shirt but when you have new owners, new executives and new players the transfusion takes a lot longer. He may sort the defence out because that has been his forte but the success of ‘management by hand grenade’, as the former Swindon CEO, Nick Watkins, described Paolo Di Canio’s approach, is typically fleeting. The best young players in world football After five topsy-turvy seasons of decline, it is preposterous to think a turnaround could be achieved by Montella, a manager who has never qualified for the Champions League, and seemingly scattergun recruitment. It’s a long road back for the second most successful club in European history and establishing firm foundations with the investment would have seemed more logical than a dash for glory but perhaps with the loan the takeover vehicle required and its terms, it had to be that way. Prudence is rarely the seductive option but onfield it is likely to be Gattuso’s most effective approach and the 15,000 increase on average attendances from last season in the seven games so far is a positive sign amid the muddle. A goal against Bologna at San Siro on Sunday night would be an overdue step forward.

Gennaro Gattuso puts the bite back into AC Milan's dugout but has a battle to turn toiling team's fortunes 

Rino Gattuso has never been bashful about his belligerence. The AC Milan manager had clocked only 10 days in the job before his side’s dead rubber Europa League defeat by Rijeka last Thursday compelled Ringhio, 'the Growl’, to betray his disgruntlement with his charges. “We have got to change direction,” he said. “Because we are going nowhere like this. When you wear the Milan jersey, you need to respect it. When we get a punch in the teeth, I get the feeling we never recover.” The World Cup-winning midfielder, a consummate scuffler who won two Champions Leagues and two Serie A titles in 13 years at the club, once butted the Tottenham coach Joe Jordan, a venture most who knew anything about the abrasive former Leeds United, Manchester United, Scotland and, yes, Milan centre-forward would happily swap with a kamikaze commission. In 2003 he was sent off for slapping the 6ft 5in Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the face and though the two ended up as team-mates during Milan’s last scudetto-winning campaign in 2010-11, the incorrigible Ibrahimovic had his revenge for that episode and a few salty training ground words, by picking Gattuso up and depositing him head first into a dressing room bin. One wonders if that is the kind of response Gattuso would welcome now. At least it shows some spirit. “When I lost a match I broke down in frustration,” he said. “Today players lose, take a selfie and put it on the internet. They make me sick.” It’s an attitude - a kind of disgust - that aligns a manager with supporters whose exasperation during six years of decline has curdled into revulsion and open revolt. It is also dangerous in two senses - firstly in a volatile football culture where fans are not unafraid of physical confrontation with players it could be misinterpreted. Secondly, although owners think they want a hardline approach, a disciplinarian to kick backsides and focus minds on a common purpose, they rarely have the stomach to see it through should the merest whiff of player alienation and resistance emanate from the training ground. Think of the clubs who appoint an insurgent to transform the atmosphere and practices - Real Madrid with John Toshack’s second appointment, say, or Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland - and before too long points of principle are sacrificed, along with the taskmaster, in pursuit of peace. And the trigger point usually follows public criticism of a player, a line Gattuso flirted with when addressing the travails of his £34m centre-forward in Croatia. “We all know his qualities, he's a player of international level,” he said. "He struggled today, he looked like a foreign object in the team. When you have the opportunity to play for 90 minutes wearing AC Milan's shirt you have to do more.” Gattuso confront Joe Jordan in 2011 Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini He has been in charge for only two games - a 2-2 draw with Benevento whose goalkeeper scored a 95th-minute equaliser to claim their first point of the season after 14 lost league matches - and the defeat by Rijeka that did not affect Milan’s place at the top of Europa League Group D in their first continental campaign for four seasons. Both set-backs were palpably the players’ fault but managers are always dispensable no matter their service and loyalty, especially at Milan. Mauro Tassotti and Cristian Brocchi, like Gattuso, have moved up from the youth department to run the first team in caretaker roles but left the club after not getting the full-time job while Clarence Seedorf and Pippo Inzaghi, team-mates of Gattuso, have also endured stints in charge since the club sacked Max Allegri in 2014. Twice during the past 3½ years they have looked outside and appointed Sinisa Mihajlovic and Vincenzo Montella but neither, despite winning one in two league games, have convinced an impatient club that they have solved the long-standing problems of brittleness and inconsistency. Despite a huge churn of players, systemic reform at youth and academy level, the hard work of elite development and fostering club culture, was avoided in preference for the quick fix – give the manager’s job to a favoured son and demand a miracle. Where Silvio Berlusconi had the drive 20 years before to rebuild an institution, the club was in the business of providing instant gratification on the cheap for the six years since their 2011 title until he finally completed the sale to Rossoneri Sport Investment last spring. It was a convoluted deal involving the stipulated payment of instalments, one of which was rescheduled, to Li Yonghong’s Luxembourg-based holding company. The €740m deal, it later emerged, was partly financed by a €303m bridging loan from Elliott Management, the New York hedge fund firm, repayable next November at an interest rate of 11.5 per cent for the first €180m and 7.7% on the remainder. Small wonder Li’s investment vehicle is looking to refinance before then because the conditions attached to the loan, as well as the eye-watering rate, means any default hands ownership of the club to the ‘vulture fund’. 'A knife wound would have been less painful than that goal,' Gattuso said of the Benevento equaliser Credit: CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images In addition to the mechanics of the serpentine takeover process and timetable, the specifics of Li’s business interests in China have been queried and his disputes with regulators there detailed by the New York Times last month. Like other things in Europe, the takeover has hardly led to the broad, sunlit uplands of institutional rejuvenation. Back in the summer of 2015, Berlusconi splurged €80m on five players but without a proper structure in place succeeded only in moving up from 10th to 7th in the league in spite of Carlos Bacca’s 18 goals. Before this season they spent €230m, bringing in Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio, Lucas Biglia, Franck Kessie, Nikola Kalinic and Fabio Borini. Bonucci, a terrific centre-back at Juventus and designed to be a talismanic signing, has been woeful, even though Montella switched to a back three after the 4-1 defeat by Lazio in September. His effort is conspicuous but the concentration lapses that persuaded Inter to let him go 10 years ago have returned as he tries to inspire a skittish team spooked by the crowd’s irritation. All the positives of his game at Juventus, the way he galloped forward or started attacks with diagonal, chipped passes are of little use to an anxious, dysfunctional team and the change of system has unnerved the excellent Alessio Romagnoli. Moreover the multiplicity of unsatsfactory options has fostered indecisive selection: Montella selected 20 different starters in 14 league games. Leonardo Bonucci has been out of sorts for club and country since moving to Milan from Juventus last summer Credit: Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP More than anything, the incontinent spree exposes a fundamental flaw with their recruitment process. Hardly any of Milan’s recent big money signings have prospered and the majority of them have been bombed out within a couple of years. Alessandro Matri, Luiz Adriano, Andrea Bertolacci, Gianluca Lapadula and Bacca were all brought in for significant fees over the past three season and each has already left for a loss apart from Bacca who is out on loan at Sevilla but has no desire to come back. So far they  have been beaten by Empoli, Lazio, Sampdoria, Roma, Inter and Napoli and have not scored at home in the league since Sept 20. A club that has spent heavily and is in the midst of complex, crucial refinancing negotiations said at the start of the season that Champions League qualification was an imperative. As it has to be for those who do not own their own stadiums and are trying to break into the top end of the Far East merchandising market. It’s where the money that would allow them to compete with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and the petrodollar giants has to come from. They are currently 13 points off fourth place which makes winning the Europa Cup an attractive alternative. Such a disjointed performance against Rijeka, therefore, has rattled even more cages. Andre Silva, who cost £35m, was singled out for criticism by Gattuso after his inept performance against Rijeka Credit: REUTERS/Antonio Bronic In some circumstances Gattuso is the ideal hair shirt manager. The Pisa side he led to promotion to Serie B in 2016 were extraordinarily hard working and though they were relegated in 21st place at the end of their their first season back up after being unable to strengthen the squad significantly, they managed to draw 21 of 42 games and conceded only 36 goals, the second lowest in the division. That they managed to score a mere 23, however, illustrates that the virtues of diligence, discipline, coherent organisation, unyielding passion and commitment can only do so much to compensate for a lack of talent and invention. But even in those reduced circumstances, Gattuso managed to impose a coherent structure on the team, if not the club. At Milan that will not be enough. The problems with the team are a symptom of what is wrong with the club and introducing some bite in the dug-out because they have no bite on the pitch can only be a short-term solution. Gattuso can preach as much as he likes about the Milan way and the duty the players owe to the shirt but when you have new owners, new executives and new players the transfusion takes a lot longer. He may sort the defence out because that has been his forte but the success of ‘management by hand grenade’, as the former Swindon CEO, Nick Watkins, described Paolo Di Canio’s approach, is typically fleeting. The best young players in world football After five topsy-turvy seasons of decline, it is preposterous to think a turnaround could be achieved by Montella, a manager who has never qualified for the Champions League, and seemingly scattergun recruitment. It’s a long road back for the second most successful club in European history and establishing firm foundations with the investment would have seemed more logical than a dash for glory but perhaps with the loan the takeover vehicle required and its terms, it had to be that way. Prudence is rarely the seductive option but onfield it is likely to be Gattuso’s most effective approach and the 15,000 increase on average attendances from last season in the seven games so far is a positive sign amid the muddle. A goal against Bologna at San Siro on Sunday night would be an overdue step forward.

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Sebelumnya, AS Roma dan Lazio punya kandang sama, Stadion Olimpico.

La crisi dopo i rigori falliti

Il periodo difficile di Dybala nasce probabilmente dal doppio errore dal dischetto (prima contro l’Atalanta, poi contro la Lazio) che ha tolto alcuni punti alla Juventus. Da quel momento Paulo è sembrato l’ombra di se stesso.
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Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 1: Cagey draw leaves Antonio Conte with daunting last 16 prospects

When he looks back on their Champions League progress this year, Antonio Conte will know that it was Chelsea’s chastening defeat in Rome on Halloween that was the root of this minor group stage malfunction that has left them second and worrying about their opponents in the knockout round. Second place in Group C means that Chelsea will face one from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas and possibly Sevilla if they top Liverpool’s group on Wednesday night but even so it is quite an array of opposition that lie in wait. Roma are the group winners and Conte’s team very nearly lost this game, coming from behind after Saúl Niguez had capitalised on some indifferent marking at a corner to plunder a second half goal. It was the twinkling feet of Eden Hazard who brought Chelsea back into the game, the Belgian stroking in the cross that the former Manchester City defender Stefan Savic put into his own goal, and then in the closing stages there were chances to win it. First Alvaro Morata and then his replacement Michy Batshuayi were in on goal but could not beat Jan Oblak and their manager was left to curse and berate his own bench in frustration at the chances that were missed. Atlético Madrid are into the Europa League and there was a chance for Fernando Torres to get one more run-out at Stamford Bridge, bid a fond farewell from the Chelsea fans who liked his unstinting effort but could hardly pretend that they missed him. Even so the lack of ruthlessness in front of goal will be a concern for Conte who will have noted that his attacking players could not deliver despite a series of breakaways in the latter stages of the game. Against the Azerbaijan side Qarabag, Roma prevailed by a single goal at home to take the top place in the group. It was their 3-0 win over Chelsea in Italy in October that was decisive, and still represents Chelsea’s heaviest defeat of the season. The twinkling feet of Eden Hazard got Chelsea back into the game Credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images This feels like the last knockings of a fine Atlético side that have at times defied the duopoly of Spain’s biggest clubs and twice gone close to winning the Champions League on much more limited resources than many of the teams they have beaten along the way. They knocked out Chelsea in 2014 and over the years they have had success while losing many of their best players along the way. More than one of them, of course, has returned but Diego Costa will not be able to play for this side until he is registered at the next transfer window in January. As it was, Atlético were 30 minutes later arriving and two players short of a full regulation Uefa substitutes’ bench. They started with another former Chelsea man, Fernando Torres in attack, back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since he played 17 minutes as a substitute against Norwich City in May 2014. Fernando Torres, back at the Bridge for the first time in more than three years, set up Atletico's goal Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant Torres seemed to be still afflicted with many of the baffling problems that affected him when he was struggling through three and a half fraught years at Chelsea, then as the British game’s most expensive footballer. He still seemed to stumble over the ball at times and his decision-making was not always what might expect but that did not stop him getting himself into the game when he could. Chelsea created limited chances in the first half: a shot from Davide Zappacosta that almost wrong-footed Jan Oblak, and a volley from Alvaro Morata that was pushed over the bar by the Slovenian. In midfield N’golo Kanté was the usual master of the tackle and the breakaway, generally keeping Atletico’s counter-attacking at bay. As it was, Atlético had marginally more of the ball in the first half.   Chelsea 1 - 1 Atlético (Stefan Savic, 75 min) Having looked as if they might be building up to something in the first half, Chelsea were much less impressive after the break. There was a run from Hazard that left the defenders Savic and José María Giménez pointing in the wrong direction, but once again nothing to show for it all at the end while Atlético bided their time and awaited the breakthrough. Torres did eventually come off to a standing ovation all around Stamford Bridge which the 33-year-old seemed to appreciate, reciprocating to all sides of the ground. Moments earlier his dedication to the cause had seen him head a corner from Koke into no-mans’-land at the back post. It was chiefly unoccupied by a blue shirt because Tiemoue Bakayoko had failed to track the run of Saúl who had a free header to guide in past Courtois. Bakayoko let Saul have a clear run at Torres's astute near-post flick on Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It forced Conte to respond and he brought on first Pedro, for the culpable Bakayoko, and then Willian. Christensen had a header saved by Oblak from Cesc Fabregas’ cross. It was another Fabregas cross that led to the equaliser, this time from the right. The ball was cleared as far as Hazard on the edge of the box and he darted in, struck a ball across goal which Savic inadvertently turned past Oblak. They were back in it, courtesy of their main man and chasing the winner that would give them first place in group C. Morata looked unimpressed by the decision to replace him with nine minutes later and bring on Batshuayi but then the Belgian has done enough in the late stages of games to make him a gamble worth taking. Morata had been presented with enough chances, including a chance with just Oblak to beat, made Fabregas, in which the goalkeeper came out comfortably on top. 9:56PM Eden Hazard speaks The only problem, the goalkeeper was on fire. We should score more goals, win the game, finish first in the group. It’s not a problem [next opponents], we are Chelsea. We are a top team, so we can face any team. We can do everything. 9:40PM Full time Chelsea finish second in the group - putting them in jeopardy of drawing PSG, Barcelona. Their only other option wold be Besiktas given they can't play an English club ... or Sevilla if Liverpool horse up tomorrow.  9:38PM 90+3 min Roma have won. Atletico are definitely out but are still trying to go out with a W.  9:37PM 90+1 min Batshuayi wins the ball with his chest 25 yards out, plays a quick one-two and storms down the inside-right channel. He sees a big bullseye over Oblak and under the bar at the far post but chooses to hit it with his right and the side footer bends the ball away from goal at the last.  9:35PM 88 min Moses hangs in to Carrasco's arm and concedes a free-kick 25 yards out, wide on the left. He takes it himself and doesn't beat the first man but in the melee that ensues, Correa goes down and asks for a penalty but all he gets is a corner from Cahill's tackle. Since it touched Correa last, Atletico shouldn't even have go that. But nothing comes from it.  9:32PM 87 min Given that Roma are winning, Chelsea need to score again to win the group and they are pouring men forward.  9:30PM 84 min Correa creates a gilded chance for Atletico with a viciously precise right-wing cross through the six-yard box that is laced past Christensen and Courtois to an unoccupied position at the back post. Had Griezmann smelt its sweet aroma of menace he would have made a back-post run but curiously stood still.  9:28PM 83 min Hazard bombs past Savic on the left and cleaves a lovely pass to Willian 15-yards out. The usually sure-footed attacking midfielder slices his shot over the bar. Had to score.  9:26PM 82 min Chelsea sub: Morata trots off and Batshuayi comes on  9:26PM 81 min Atleti subs: Correa on for Gabi; Vietto for Gimenez. Who is this impostor in the Atletico dugout and what has he done with Diego Simeone? Hazard shoots through Lucas Hernadez's legs and the ball cannons into Stefan Savic and pas Jan Oblak Credit: Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images   9:24PM 79 min Great save by Oblak/appalling miss by Morata after more exemplary work from Fabregas to draw two defenders and play his compatriot through one-on-one with Oblak. He hesitates and allows Oblak the time to gain crucial ground and make himself too huge to beat.  9:20PM GOAL!! Chelsea 1-1 Atletico (Savic og)From Fabregas's corner the ball is headed back to him and he sends in a longer cross over the box to Hazard on the 18-yard line. He twists and bends his run towards the 18-yard box, sweeps a shot towards goal that hit Savic's foot as he lunges to block and that touch dinks it past Oblak.   9:19PM 74 min  Right-wing cross from Pedro headed powerfully by Morata but Oblak knocks out out for a corner.  9:18PM 72 min Substitution for Chelsea. Willian comes on for Zappacosta and Chelsea switch to a back four.   Chelsea vs Atlético shots on goal   9:16PM 70 min Oblak has an egg-sized lump on his cheek after colliding with Gimenez to block Morata's shot. The ball had been played in from the right, Pedro had hung out his right leg and dragged  back a flick with heel. Morata, closed down by Gimenez, managed to stab his shot but the two Atletico men combined tokeep i out - at some physical cost.  9:13PM 69 min Chelsea take the corner quickly, flicking it short to Fabregas who runs unimpeded up the byline and spanks in a cross. Christensen dives to meet it and flashes his header wide of an unguarded net. What a miss that was. A sitter.  9:11PM 68 min Pedro writhes his way into the box from the left, leaves Gimenez trailing, and scoots a crisp shot that is turned behind for a corner.  9:10PM 66 min Griezmann ekes a chink of space in the Chelsea box with a wriggle but slams a left-foot shot high, wide and hideous.  9:09PM 64 min Bakayoko off - having gone to sleep at the corner and let Saul run free, he had better sit as far away as possible from Conte. Pedro replaces him.  9:07PM 62 min Not sure this 3-5-1-1 really works for Chelsea. It gets Fabregas into the side but in Marcos Alonso's absence it places too much creative onus on his replacement Zappacosta.  9:05PM 60 min Chelsea pile forward in numbers and swarm the Atletico box but the visitors defend it well, standing their ground with 'they shalt not pass' resilience.  Saul heads Atletico in front Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville   9:03PM 57 min Atletico sub - Torres off, Carrasco on. Diego Simeone was going to take Gabi off before the corner and did a quick reverse ferret to hook Torres instead. Chelsea's one-time £50m man departs to a standing ovation from both sets of fans.  Chelsea 0 - 1 Atlético (Saúl Ñíguez, 56 min)   9:00PM GOAL!! Chelsea 0-1 Atletico (Saul)Atletico corner, flicked on at the near post by Torres. Saul comes round the back to bang in a header unchallenged after leaving Bakayoko for dust.  8:58PM 53 min Filipe Luis catches his old club by surprise with a snap shot from about 28 yards that bananas and thunders into the foot of the left post. Courtois was beaten but he springs up smartly to catch the Koke headlong header set up by the rebound.  8:56PM 51 min The outswinging corner from the right is spun by Fabregas on to Morata's head 15 yards out and he powers a header up towards the crossbar, hoping it will dip under. But Oblak gets there quickly to catch.  8:55PM 49 min Two quick chances for Chelsea, the first from a left-wing cross from Hazard. Christensen meets it squarely with a powerful header but pings it within Oblak's reach. Then Hazard runs at Savic, twisting him one way and then another with his snake hip shuffle. He shoots and its deflected behind for a corner.  8:52PM 48 min The free-kick is in the centre of goal 25 yards out. Griezmann takes and floats it straight down Courtois' throat.  8:51PM 46 min Atletico move forward, three steps up, two back. No urgency until Christensen pushes Griezmann over. 'Very easy to go to ground aren't they,' says McManaman, once of Real Pot calling Atletico Kettle black.  8:33PM Half time The referee blasts  peep on his Acme Thunderer and ends the half. A few chances for Chelsea but not much quality. Griezmann is wandering all over the shop.   8:32PM 44 min Now Cahill poleaxes Griezmann on the edge of the Atletico box when he shapes to tackle, realised he couldn't get there but couldn't stop his momentum. Wipe out.  8:31PM 42 min Filipe Luis chips a cross towards the penalty spot from the left angle of the box but Griezmnn didn't read his intentions and Cahill puts his size 10 right through it.  8:27PM 39 min Fabregas picks out Bakayoko from the breakdown of the corner after exchanging sharp passes with Hazard and driving into the box. But he's surrounded and pokes his shot wide.  8:25PM 37 min Terrific save from Oblak. Zappacosta had received a torpedo 20-yard pass from Fabregas, cut inside, left Partey trailing and thundered  right-foot shot through a thicket of defenders' legs. It arrowed towards goal an would have whirled in at the left post but Oblak dived full-length to tip it round the post. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:23PM 34 min Hazard drives into the box from the right trying to expose a red card shy Lucas Hernandez but the centre-back gets his toe in and poke it to Greizmann who tries to dribble his way out of trouble. Kante and Bakayoko embark on a rapid search and destroy raid, Bakayoko wins the ball and then skelps a low near-post cross that Oblak dives forward to smother. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:18PM 31 min Great, early pas into the box from Bakayoko tees up Hazard 12 yards out. He meets it with a diagonal run but slices his shot with a swinging right foot. The ball cannons into Morata and ricochets safely upfield.  8:16PM 29 min Chelsea head it clear and Partey meets it on the flush and promptly sends it round the U-bend with a mishit half-volley.  8:14PM 27 min Filipe Luis hangs up a deep cross from the left. Zappacaosta heads it behind instead of letting it float out because he feared Gimenez who was some distance off. A communications crisis. In comes the corner.   8:13PM 25 min Inspired burst from Griezmann menaces the Chelsea back three and draws two close enough to give him the opportunity to slide Torres clear but the No9 rips himself up. 'Boots on the wrong feet tonight, Fernando,' says Steve McManamanamanamanaman. 8:11PM 24 min Another shot from Morata from a tightish angle wide in the left stings Oblak's palms.   8:10PM 22 min Hazard sets off on a run, tacking out towards the right and linking first with Fabregas and then, after winning a throw-in, Chelsea set Moses off on a dart to the byline and into the box. He cuts back a cross to Morata eight yards out and he stabs a low shot straight at Oblak. Look who's here. It's the greatest caretaker since Pinter's Davies ... or Hong Kong Phooey  Owner Roman Abramovich ( shakes hands with former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink  Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images   8:06PM 19 min Silky turn by Morata 20 yards out loses his marker and then he swerves a right-foot dipper just past the post. Oblak was beaten ... but so was the target.  Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Atlético (Álvaro Morata, 17 min)   8:04PM 18 min  Lucas Hernandez ends an Eden Hazard break abruptly and with menace, barging the Chelsea playmaker over. Yellow card.   Possession: Chelsea vs Atlético   8:02PM 15 min Three Chelsea players make a well-patrolled near post run as a diversion and Fabregas swings a right-foot cross to the back stick but it sails over Andreas Christensen's head and into Oblak's arms. 8:01PM 13 min Gimenez sticks too close to Morata and bundles him over when the Chelsea centre-forward was juggling the ball 25 yards out and trying to bring it under control on the left. Fabregas will take the free-kick.  7:57PM 11 min The visitors look a million dollars on the ball and 10 million off it but their final pass so far has been shonky. Partey, in a decent position, miscontrols at the apex of a promising, quick surge and Courtois has an easy pick-up.  7:56PM 10 min Deep cross from Gimenez is caught by Courtois and he starts a rapid counter with a throw that comes to naught when Bakayoko loses the ball and Atletico sweep forward.  7:54PM 8 min Atletico string about 40 passes together until Filipe Luis chances a cross from the left that was overhit and lacked bite. Zappcosta collars it and chastises it clear.  7:53PM 7 min Zappacosta hits a blind pass on halfway straight to Torres who plays it back to Savic and Atletico begin to build with a spell of possession.  7:52PM 5 min Torres turns and shoots just inside the box after net work from Partey and Griezmann in tight spaces. Torres's drice hits Azpilicueta on the calf and balloons over the bar for a corner that Chelsea defend calmly and competently.   7:50PM 3 min Gimenez cuts out Cahill's pass intended for Zappacosta and steps out of defence in a confident stride. He shifts the ball slickly up to Griezmann on halfway by the touchline and he spins sharply and hits a one-touch pass up to Torres but Azpilicueta anticipates it and intercepts.  7:48PM 1 min Atletico kick off and there's a strange hold-up almost immediately when the players point out a problem with the ball. The game re-starts with a bounce-up and Chelsea hit a crossfield pass from Azpilicueta to Zappacosta who is starting on that side.  He cuts in from the touchline and scythes a hopeful shot over the bar from 25 yards.  7:35PM Those teams in black and white Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses; Hazard, Morata.  Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi.    Atletico get ready, belatedly Credit: Matthew Lewis - UEFA Atletico Madrid Oblak; Gimenez, Savic, Lucas, Filipe Luis; Koke, Thomas, Gabi, Saul; Torres, Griezmann.  Substitutes Miguel Moya, Godin, Carrasco, Correa, Vrsaljko, Vietto, Gameiro.  Referee:Danny Makkelie (Holland). 7:20PM Chelsea team Chelsea team tonight: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Morata. #CHEATLpic.twitter.com/Iyr5KxfW4E— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 5, 2017   7:09PM Team news Still waiting for Chelsea but here is Atletico's starting XI ���� | ALINEACIÓN ¡Mira con qué ONCE jugaremos hoy! ��⚪️��¡Vamos, muchachos!#ChelseaAtleti#AúpaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/84bSwzt4ap— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) December 5, 2017   7:07PM Atletico have arrived late at Stamford Bridge Which accounts for the delay in announcing the line-ups. There is a possibility that the kick-off will be delayed but it will have to be co-ordinated with the Roma v Qarabag kick-off. We'll let you know as soon as we know.  6:38PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of tonight's Group C Champions League tie between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.  Stamford Bridge will be in full voice and you could always join in with the overture before the whole ground succumbs to paeans to celery and the colour blue: Ce sont les meilleures équipes Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The champions! What's the caper? Chelsea are top of Group C before this match and the one between Roma and Qarabag kicks off at 7.45pm at Stadio Olimpico, two points ahead of Roma and four in front of Atlético. Diego Simeone's side have only one forlorn-looking path into the last 16 - an unlikely victory for Qarabag in Foro Italico where the Atlético manager spent four happy years with Lazio combined with beating Chelsea who ruined the Champions League opening night at Wanda Metropolitano when Michy Batshuayi clinched the   comeback from 1-0 down with his 92nd-minute winner.  Michy Batshuayi stabs home Chelsea's dramatic winner against Atletico Madrid in the away fixture  Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images As for Chelsea who are through regardless, the task tonight is to win to make sure they finish top of the group. Because of that shellacking in Rome a draw or defeat tonight coupled with a Roma win would leave them in second place if the head-to-heads need to be employed to separate teams on equal points. Mind you, although finishing second has often written Arsenal's death sentence, finishing first in their group in 2014-15 and 2015-16 did the same for Chelsea when they were paired with PSG two years on the bounce and were knocked out. The last time they went through as group runners-up was eight years ago and though they were drawn against Claudio Ranieri's Juventus, Didier Drogba's late equaliser in the away leg put them on the road to the semi-final. HISTORY �� We’ve faced @ChelseaFC six times and there’s nothing to separate us. 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. 10 goals scored and 10 conceded. #AúpaAtleti#ChelseaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/hrQchj3rcj— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 5, 2017 Finishing second this year could mean last 16 ties against Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Porto which hardly offers a path without prominent obstacles. Should, as seems certain, Atlético Madrid drop into the Europa Leagye, they can take comfort from their memories of winning it in 2012 at the end of  Simeone's first season as manager of the club he loves. Winning it again would be a neat, matching bookend if, as widely rumoured, this proves to be his last season withLos Colchoneros. 

Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 1: Cagey draw leaves Antonio Conte with daunting last 16 prospects

When he looks back on their Champions League progress this year, Antonio Conte will know that it was Chelsea’s chastening defeat in Rome on Halloween that was the root of this minor group stage malfunction that has left them second and worrying about their opponents in the knockout round. Second place in Group C means that Chelsea will face one from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas and possibly Sevilla if they top Liverpool’s group on Wednesday night but even so it is quite an array of opposition that lie in wait. Roma are the group winners and Conte’s team very nearly lost this game, coming from behind after Saúl Niguez had capitalised on some indifferent marking at a corner to plunder a second half goal. It was the twinkling feet of Eden Hazard who brought Chelsea back into the game, the Belgian stroking in the cross that the former Manchester City defender Stefan Savic put into his own goal, and then in the closing stages there were chances to win it. First Alvaro Morata and then his replacement Michy Batshuayi were in on goal but could not beat Jan Oblak and their manager was left to curse and berate his own bench in frustration at the chances that were missed. Atlético Madrid are into the Europa League and there was a chance for Fernando Torres to get one more run-out at Stamford Bridge, bid a fond farewell from the Chelsea fans who liked his unstinting effort but could hardly pretend that they missed him. Even so the lack of ruthlessness in front of goal will be a concern for Conte who will have noted that his attacking players could not deliver despite a series of breakaways in the latter stages of the game. Against the Azerbaijan side Qarabag, Roma prevailed by a single goal at home to take the top place in the group. It was their 3-0 win over Chelsea in Italy in October that was decisive, and still represents Chelsea’s heaviest defeat of the season. The twinkling feet of Eden Hazard got Chelsea back into the game Credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images This feels like the last knockings of a fine Atlético side that have at times defied the duopoly of Spain’s biggest clubs and twice gone close to winning the Champions League on much more limited resources than many of the teams they have beaten along the way. They knocked out Chelsea in 2014 and over the years they have had success while losing many of their best players along the way. More than one of them, of course, has returned but Diego Costa will not be able to play for this side until he is registered at the next transfer window in January. As it was, Atlético were 30 minutes later arriving and two players short of a full regulation Uefa substitutes’ bench. They started with another former Chelsea man, Fernando Torres in attack, back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since he played 17 minutes as a substitute against Norwich City in May 2014. Fernando Torres, back at the Bridge for the first time in more than three years, set up Atletico's goal Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant Torres seemed to be still afflicted with many of the baffling problems that affected him when he was struggling through three and a half fraught years at Chelsea, then as the British game’s most expensive footballer. He still seemed to stumble over the ball at times and his decision-making was not always what might expect but that did not stop him getting himself into the game when he could. Chelsea created limited chances in the first half: a shot from Davide Zappacosta that almost wrong-footed Jan Oblak, and a volley from Alvaro Morata that was pushed over the bar by the Slovenian. In midfield N’golo Kanté was the usual master of the tackle and the breakaway, generally keeping Atletico’s counter-attacking at bay. As it was, Atlético had marginally more of the ball in the first half.   Chelsea 1 - 1 Atlético (Stefan Savic, 75 min) Having looked as if they might be building up to something in the first half, Chelsea were much less impressive after the break. There was a run from Hazard that left the defenders Savic and José María Giménez pointing in the wrong direction, but once again nothing to show for it all at the end while Atlético bided their time and awaited the breakthrough. Torres did eventually come off to a standing ovation all around Stamford Bridge which the 33-year-old seemed to appreciate, reciprocating to all sides of the ground. Moments earlier his dedication to the cause had seen him head a corner from Koke into no-mans’-land at the back post. It was chiefly unoccupied by a blue shirt because Tiemoue Bakayoko had failed to track the run of Saúl who had a free header to guide in past Courtois. Bakayoko let Saul have a clear run at Torres's astute near-post flick on Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It forced Conte to respond and he brought on first Pedro, for the culpable Bakayoko, and then Willian. Christensen had a header saved by Oblak from Cesc Fabregas’ cross. It was another Fabregas cross that led to the equaliser, this time from the right. The ball was cleared as far as Hazard on the edge of the box and he darted in, struck a ball across goal which Savic inadvertently turned past Oblak. They were back in it, courtesy of their main man and chasing the winner that would give them first place in group C. Morata looked unimpressed by the decision to replace him with nine minutes later and bring on Batshuayi but then the Belgian has done enough in the late stages of games to make him a gamble worth taking. Morata had been presented with enough chances, including a chance with just Oblak to beat, made Fabregas, in which the goalkeeper came out comfortably on top. 9:56PM Eden Hazard speaks The only problem, the goalkeeper was on fire. We should score more goals, win the game, finish first in the group. It’s not a problem [next opponents], we are Chelsea. We are a top team, so we can face any team. We can do everything. 9:40PM Full time Chelsea finish second in the group - putting them in jeopardy of drawing PSG, Barcelona. Their only other option wold be Besiktas given they can't play an English club ... or Sevilla if Liverpool horse up tomorrow.  9:38PM 90+3 min Roma have won. Atletico are definitely out but are still trying to go out with a W.  9:37PM 90+1 min Batshuayi wins the ball with his chest 25 yards out, plays a quick one-two and storms down the inside-right channel. He sees a big bullseye over Oblak and under the bar at the far post but chooses to hit it with his right and the side footer bends the ball away from goal at the last.  9:35PM 88 min Moses hangs in to Carrasco's arm and concedes a free-kick 25 yards out, wide on the left. He takes it himself and doesn't beat the first man but in the melee that ensues, Correa goes down and asks for a penalty but all he gets is a corner from Cahill's tackle. Since it touched Correa last, Atletico shouldn't even have go that. But nothing comes from it.  9:32PM 87 min Given that Roma are winning, Chelsea need to score again to win the group and they are pouring men forward.  9:30PM 84 min Correa creates a gilded chance for Atletico with a viciously precise right-wing cross through the six-yard box that is laced past Christensen and Courtois to an unoccupied position at the back post. Had Griezmann smelt its sweet aroma of menace he would have made a back-post run but curiously stood still.  9:28PM 83 min Hazard bombs past Savic on the left and cleaves a lovely pass to Willian 15-yards out. The usually sure-footed attacking midfielder slices his shot over the bar. Had to score.  9:26PM 82 min Chelsea sub: Morata trots off and Batshuayi comes on  9:26PM 81 min Atleti subs: Correa on for Gabi; Vietto for Gimenez. Who is this impostor in the Atletico dugout and what has he done with Diego Simeone? Hazard shoots through Lucas Hernadez's legs and the ball cannons into Stefan Savic and pas Jan Oblak Credit: Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images   9:24PM 79 min Great save by Oblak/appalling miss by Morata after more exemplary work from Fabregas to draw two defenders and play his compatriot through one-on-one with Oblak. He hesitates and allows Oblak the time to gain crucial ground and make himself too huge to beat.  9:20PM GOAL!! Chelsea 1-1 Atletico (Savic og)From Fabregas's corner the ball is headed back to him and he sends in a longer cross over the box to Hazard on the 18-yard line. He twists and bends his run towards the 18-yard box, sweeps a shot towards goal that hit Savic's foot as he lunges to block and that touch dinks it past Oblak.   9:19PM 74 min  Right-wing cross from Pedro headed powerfully by Morata but Oblak knocks out out for a corner.  9:18PM 72 min Substitution for Chelsea. Willian comes on for Zappacosta and Chelsea switch to a back four.   Chelsea vs Atlético shots on goal   9:16PM 70 min Oblak has an egg-sized lump on his cheek after colliding with Gimenez to block Morata's shot. The ball had been played in from the right, Pedro had hung out his right leg and dragged  back a flick with heel. Morata, closed down by Gimenez, managed to stab his shot but the two Atletico men combined tokeep i out - at some physical cost.  9:13PM 69 min Chelsea take the corner quickly, flicking it short to Fabregas who runs unimpeded up the byline and spanks in a cross. Christensen dives to meet it and flashes his header wide of an unguarded net. What a miss that was. A sitter.  9:11PM 68 min Pedro writhes his way into the box from the left, leaves Gimenez trailing, and scoots a crisp shot that is turned behind for a corner.  9:10PM 66 min Griezmann ekes a chink of space in the Chelsea box with a wriggle but slams a left-foot shot high, wide and hideous.  9:09PM 64 min Bakayoko off - having gone to sleep at the corner and let Saul run free, he had better sit as far away as possible from Conte. Pedro replaces him.  9:07PM 62 min Not sure this 3-5-1-1 really works for Chelsea. It gets Fabregas into the side but in Marcos Alonso's absence it places too much creative onus on his replacement Zappacosta.  9:05PM 60 min Chelsea pile forward in numbers and swarm the Atletico box but the visitors defend it well, standing their ground with 'they shalt not pass' resilience.  Saul heads Atletico in front Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville   9:03PM 57 min Atletico sub - Torres off, Carrasco on. Diego Simeone was going to take Gabi off before the corner and did a quick reverse ferret to hook Torres instead. Chelsea's one-time £50m man departs to a standing ovation from both sets of fans.  Chelsea 0 - 1 Atlético (Saúl Ñíguez, 56 min)   9:00PM GOAL!! Chelsea 0-1 Atletico (Saul)Atletico corner, flicked on at the near post by Torres. Saul comes round the back to bang in a header unchallenged after leaving Bakayoko for dust.  8:58PM 53 min Filipe Luis catches his old club by surprise with a snap shot from about 28 yards that bananas and thunders into the foot of the left post. Courtois was beaten but he springs up smartly to catch the Koke headlong header set up by the rebound.  8:56PM 51 min The outswinging corner from the right is spun by Fabregas on to Morata's head 15 yards out and he powers a header up towards the crossbar, hoping it will dip under. But Oblak gets there quickly to catch.  8:55PM 49 min Two quick chances for Chelsea, the first from a left-wing cross from Hazard. Christensen meets it squarely with a powerful header but pings it within Oblak's reach. Then Hazard runs at Savic, twisting him one way and then another with his snake hip shuffle. He shoots and its deflected behind for a corner.  8:52PM 48 min The free-kick is in the centre of goal 25 yards out. Griezmann takes and floats it straight down Courtois' throat.  8:51PM 46 min Atletico move forward, three steps up, two back. No urgency until Christensen pushes Griezmann over. 'Very easy to go to ground aren't they,' says McManaman, once of Real Pot calling Atletico Kettle black.  8:33PM Half time The referee blasts  peep on his Acme Thunderer and ends the half. A few chances for Chelsea but not much quality. Griezmann is wandering all over the shop.   8:32PM 44 min Now Cahill poleaxes Griezmann on the edge of the Atletico box when he shapes to tackle, realised he couldn't get there but couldn't stop his momentum. Wipe out.  8:31PM 42 min Filipe Luis chips a cross towards the penalty spot from the left angle of the box but Griezmnn didn't read his intentions and Cahill puts his size 10 right through it.  8:27PM 39 min Fabregas picks out Bakayoko from the breakdown of the corner after exchanging sharp passes with Hazard and driving into the box. But he's surrounded and pokes his shot wide.  8:25PM 37 min Terrific save from Oblak. Zappacosta had received a torpedo 20-yard pass from Fabregas, cut inside, left Partey trailing and thundered  right-foot shot through a thicket of defenders' legs. It arrowed towards goal an would have whirled in at the left post but Oblak dived full-length to tip it round the post. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:23PM 34 min Hazard drives into the box from the right trying to expose a red card shy Lucas Hernandez but the centre-back gets his toe in and poke it to Greizmann who tries to dribble his way out of trouble. Kante and Bakayoko embark on a rapid search and destroy raid, Bakayoko wins the ball and then skelps a low near-post cross that Oblak dives forward to smother. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:18PM 31 min Great, early pas into the box from Bakayoko tees up Hazard 12 yards out. He meets it with a diagonal run but slices his shot with a swinging right foot. The ball cannons into Morata and ricochets safely upfield.  8:16PM 29 min Chelsea head it clear and Partey meets it on the flush and promptly sends it round the U-bend with a mishit half-volley.  8:14PM 27 min Filipe Luis hangs up a deep cross from the left. Zappacaosta heads it behind instead of letting it float out because he feared Gimenez who was some distance off. A communications crisis. In comes the corner.   8:13PM 25 min Inspired burst from Griezmann menaces the Chelsea back three and draws two close enough to give him the opportunity to slide Torres clear but the No9 rips himself up. 'Boots on the wrong feet tonight, Fernando,' says Steve McManamanamanamanaman. 8:11PM 24 min Another shot from Morata from a tightish angle wide in the left stings Oblak's palms.   8:10PM 22 min Hazard sets off on a run, tacking out towards the right and linking first with Fabregas and then, after winning a throw-in, Chelsea set Moses off on a dart to the byline and into the box. He cuts back a cross to Morata eight yards out and he stabs a low shot straight at Oblak. Look who's here. It's the greatest caretaker since Pinter's Davies ... or Hong Kong Phooey  Owner Roman Abramovich ( shakes hands with former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink  Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images   8:06PM 19 min Silky turn by Morata 20 yards out loses his marker and then he swerves a right-foot dipper just past the post. Oblak was beaten ... but so was the target.  Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Atlético (Álvaro Morata, 17 min)   8:04PM 18 min  Lucas Hernandez ends an Eden Hazard break abruptly and with menace, barging the Chelsea playmaker over. Yellow card.   Possession: Chelsea vs Atlético   8:02PM 15 min Three Chelsea players make a well-patrolled near post run as a diversion and Fabregas swings a right-foot cross to the back stick but it sails over Andreas Christensen's head and into Oblak's arms. 8:01PM 13 min Gimenez sticks too close to Morata and bundles him over when the Chelsea centre-forward was juggling the ball 25 yards out and trying to bring it under control on the left. Fabregas will take the free-kick.  7:57PM 11 min The visitors look a million dollars on the ball and 10 million off it but their final pass so far has been shonky. Partey, in a decent position, miscontrols at the apex of a promising, quick surge and Courtois has an easy pick-up.  7:56PM 10 min Deep cross from Gimenez is caught by Courtois and he starts a rapid counter with a throw that comes to naught when Bakayoko loses the ball and Atletico sweep forward.  7:54PM 8 min Atletico string about 40 passes together until Filipe Luis chances a cross from the left that was overhit and lacked bite. Zappcosta collars it and chastises it clear.  7:53PM 7 min Zappacosta hits a blind pass on halfway straight to Torres who plays it back to Savic and Atletico begin to build with a spell of possession.  7:52PM 5 min Torres turns and shoots just inside the box after net work from Partey and Griezmann in tight spaces. Torres's drice hits Azpilicueta on the calf and balloons over the bar for a corner that Chelsea defend calmly and competently.   7:50PM 3 min Gimenez cuts out Cahill's pass intended for Zappacosta and steps out of defence in a confident stride. He shifts the ball slickly up to Griezmann on halfway by the touchline and he spins sharply and hits a one-touch pass up to Torres but Azpilicueta anticipates it and intercepts.  7:48PM 1 min Atletico kick off and there's a strange hold-up almost immediately when the players point out a problem with the ball. The game re-starts with a bounce-up and Chelsea hit a crossfield pass from Azpilicueta to Zappacosta who is starting on that side.  He cuts in from the touchline and scythes a hopeful shot over the bar from 25 yards.  7:35PM Those teams in black and white Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses; Hazard, Morata.  Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi.    Atletico get ready, belatedly Credit: Matthew Lewis - UEFA Atletico Madrid Oblak; Gimenez, Savic, Lucas, Filipe Luis; Koke, Thomas, Gabi, Saul; Torres, Griezmann.  Substitutes Miguel Moya, Godin, Carrasco, Correa, Vrsaljko, Vietto, Gameiro.  Referee:Danny Makkelie (Holland). 7:20PM Chelsea team Chelsea team tonight: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Morata. #CHEATLpic.twitter.com/Iyr5KxfW4E— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 5, 2017   7:09PM Team news Still waiting for Chelsea but here is Atletico's starting XI ���� | ALINEACIÓN ¡Mira con qué ONCE jugaremos hoy! ��⚪️��¡Vamos, muchachos!#ChelseaAtleti#AúpaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/84bSwzt4ap— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) December 5, 2017   7:07PM Atletico have arrived late at Stamford Bridge Which accounts for the delay in announcing the line-ups. There is a possibility that the kick-off will be delayed but it will have to be co-ordinated with the Roma v Qarabag kick-off. We'll let you know as soon as we know.  6:38PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of tonight's Group C Champions League tie between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.  Stamford Bridge will be in full voice and you could always join in with the overture before the whole ground succumbs to paeans to celery and the colour blue: Ce sont les meilleures équipes Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The champions! What's the caper? Chelsea are top of Group C before this match and the one between Roma and Qarabag kicks off at 7.45pm at Stadio Olimpico, two points ahead of Roma and four in front of Atlético. Diego Simeone's side have only one forlorn-looking path into the last 16 - an unlikely victory for Qarabag in Foro Italico where the Atlético manager spent four happy years with Lazio combined with beating Chelsea who ruined the Champions League opening night at Wanda Metropolitano when Michy Batshuayi clinched the   comeback from 1-0 down with his 92nd-minute winner.  Michy Batshuayi stabs home Chelsea's dramatic winner against Atletico Madrid in the away fixture  Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images As for Chelsea who are through regardless, the task tonight is to win to make sure they finish top of the group. Because of that shellacking in Rome a draw or defeat tonight coupled with a Roma win would leave them in second place if the head-to-heads need to be employed to separate teams on equal points. Mind you, although finishing second has often written Arsenal's death sentence, finishing first in their group in 2014-15 and 2015-16 did the same for Chelsea when they were paired with PSG two years on the bounce and were knocked out. The last time they went through as group runners-up was eight years ago and though they were drawn against Claudio Ranieri's Juventus, Didier Drogba's late equaliser in the away leg put them on the road to the semi-final. HISTORY �� We’ve faced @ChelseaFC six times and there’s nothing to separate us. 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. 10 goals scored and 10 conceded. #AúpaAtleti#ChelseaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/hrQchj3rcj— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 5, 2017 Finishing second this year could mean last 16 ties against Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Porto which hardly offers a path without prominent obstacles. Should, as seems certain, Atlético Madrid drop into the Europa Leagye, they can take comfort from their memories of winning it in 2012 at the end of  Simeone's first season as manager of the club he loves. Winning it again would be a neat, matching bookend if, as widely rumoured, this proves to be his last season withLos Colchoneros. 

Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 1: Cagey draw leaves Antonio Conte with daunting last 16 prospects

When he looks back on their Champions League progress this year, Antonio Conte will know that it was Chelsea’s chastening defeat in Rome on Halloween that was the root of this minor group stage malfunction that has left them second and worrying about their opponents in the knockout round. Second place in Group C means that Chelsea will face one from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas and possibly Sevilla if they top Liverpool’s group on Wednesday night but even so it is quite an array of opposition that lie in wait. Roma are the group winners and Conte’s team very nearly lost this game, coming from behind after Saúl Niguez had capitalised on some indifferent marking at a corner to plunder a second half goal. It was the twinkling feet of Eden Hazard who brought Chelsea back into the game, the Belgian stroking in the cross that the former Manchester City defender Stefan Savic put into his own goal, and then in the closing stages there were chances to win it. First Alvaro Morata and then his replacement Michy Batshuayi were in on goal but could not beat Jan Oblak and their manager was left to curse and berate his own bench in frustration at the chances that were missed. Atlético Madrid are into the Europa League and there was a chance for Fernando Torres to get one more run-out at Stamford Bridge, bid a fond farewell from the Chelsea fans who liked his unstinting effort but could hardly pretend that they missed him. Even so the lack of ruthlessness in front of goal will be a concern for Conte who will have noted that his attacking players could not deliver despite a series of breakaways in the latter stages of the game. Against the Azerbaijan side Qarabag, Roma prevailed by a single goal at home to take the top place in the group. It was their 3-0 win over Chelsea in Italy in October that was decisive, and still represents Chelsea’s heaviest defeat of the season. The twinkling feet of Eden Hazard got Chelsea back into the game Credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images This feels like the last knockings of a fine Atlético side that have at times defied the duopoly of Spain’s biggest clubs and twice gone close to winning the Champions League on much more limited resources than many of the teams they have beaten along the way. They knocked out Chelsea in 2014 and over the years they have had success while losing many of their best players along the way. More than one of them, of course, has returned but Diego Costa will not be able to play for this side until he is registered at the next transfer window in January. As it was, Atlético were 30 minutes later arriving and two players short of a full regulation Uefa substitutes’ bench. They started with another former Chelsea man, Fernando Torres in attack, back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since he played 17 minutes as a substitute against Norwich City in May 2014. Fernando Torres, back at the Bridge for the first time in more than three years, set up Atletico's goal Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant Torres seemed to be still afflicted with many of the baffling problems that affected him when he was struggling through three and a half fraught years at Chelsea, then as the British game’s most expensive footballer. He still seemed to stumble over the ball at times and his decision-making was not always what might expect but that did not stop him getting himself into the game when he could. Chelsea created limited chances in the first half: a shot from Davide Zappacosta that almost wrong-footed Jan Oblak, and a volley from Alvaro Morata that was pushed over the bar by the Slovenian. In midfield N’golo Kanté was the usual master of the tackle and the breakaway, generally keeping Atletico’s counter-attacking at bay. As it was, Atlético had marginally more of the ball in the first half.   Chelsea 1 - 1 Atlético (Stefan Savic, 75 min) Having looked as if they might be building up to something in the first half, Chelsea were much less impressive after the break. There was a run from Hazard that left the defenders Savic and José María Giménez pointing in the wrong direction, but once again nothing to show for it all at the end while Atlético bided their time and awaited the breakthrough. Torres did eventually come off to a standing ovation all around Stamford Bridge which the 33-year-old seemed to appreciate, reciprocating to all sides of the ground. Moments earlier his dedication to the cause had seen him head a corner from Koke into no-mans’-land at the back post. It was chiefly unoccupied by a blue shirt because Tiemoue Bakayoko had failed to track the run of Saúl who had a free header to guide in past Courtois. Bakayoko let Saul have a clear run at Torres's astute near-post flick on Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It forced Conte to respond and he brought on first Pedro, for the culpable Bakayoko, and then Willian. Christensen had a header saved by Oblak from Cesc Fabregas’ cross. It was another Fabregas cross that led to the equaliser, this time from the right. The ball was cleared as far as Hazard on the edge of the box and he darted in, struck a ball across goal which Savic inadvertently turned past Oblak. They were back in it, courtesy of their main man and chasing the winner that would give them first place in group C. Morata looked unimpressed by the decision to replace him with nine minutes later and bring on Batshuayi but then the Belgian has done enough in the late stages of games to make him a gamble worth taking. Morata had been presented with enough chances, including a chance with just Oblak to beat, made Fabregas, in which the goalkeeper came out comfortably on top. 9:56PM Eden Hazard speaks The only problem, the goalkeeper was on fire. We should score more goals, win the game, finish first in the group. It’s not a problem [next opponents], we are Chelsea. We are a top team, so we can face any team. We can do everything. 9:40PM Full time Chelsea finish second in the group - putting them in jeopardy of drawing PSG, Barcelona. Their only other option wold be Besiktas given they can't play an English club ... or Sevilla if Liverpool horse up tomorrow.  9:38PM 90+3 min Roma have won. Atletico are definitely out but are still trying to go out with a W.  9:37PM 90+1 min Batshuayi wins the ball with his chest 25 yards out, plays a quick one-two and storms down the inside-right channel. He sees a big bullseye over Oblak and under the bar at the far post but chooses to hit it with his right and the side footer bends the ball away from goal at the last.  9:35PM 88 min Moses hangs in to Carrasco's arm and concedes a free-kick 25 yards out, wide on the left. He takes it himself and doesn't beat the first man but in the melee that ensues, Correa goes down and asks for a penalty but all he gets is a corner from Cahill's tackle. Since it touched Correa last, Atletico shouldn't even have go that. But nothing comes from it.  9:32PM 87 min Given that Roma are winning, Chelsea need to score again to win the group and they are pouring men forward.  9:30PM 84 min Correa creates a gilded chance for Atletico with a viciously precise right-wing cross through the six-yard box that is laced past Christensen and Courtois to an unoccupied position at the back post. Had Griezmann smelt its sweet aroma of menace he would have made a back-post run but curiously stood still.  9:28PM 83 min Hazard bombs past Savic on the left and cleaves a lovely pass to Willian 15-yards out. The usually sure-footed attacking midfielder slices his shot over the bar. Had to score.  9:26PM 82 min Chelsea sub: Morata trots off and Batshuayi comes on  9:26PM 81 min Atleti subs: Correa on for Gabi; Vietto for Gimenez. Who is this impostor in the Atletico dugout and what has he done with Diego Simeone? Hazard shoots through Lucas Hernadez's legs and the ball cannons into Stefan Savic and pas Jan Oblak Credit: Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images   9:24PM 79 min Great save by Oblak/appalling miss by Morata after more exemplary work from Fabregas to draw two defenders and play his compatriot through one-on-one with Oblak. He hesitates and allows Oblak the time to gain crucial ground and make himself too huge to beat.  9:20PM GOAL!! Chelsea 1-1 Atletico (Savic og)From Fabregas's corner the ball is headed back to him and he sends in a longer cross over the box to Hazard on the 18-yard line. He twists and bends his run towards the 18-yard box, sweeps a shot towards goal that hit Savic's foot as he lunges to block and that touch dinks it past Oblak.   9:19PM 74 min  Right-wing cross from Pedro headed powerfully by Morata but Oblak knocks out out for a corner.  9:18PM 72 min Substitution for Chelsea. Willian comes on for Zappacosta and Chelsea switch to a back four.   Chelsea vs Atlético shots on goal   9:16PM 70 min Oblak has an egg-sized lump on his cheek after colliding with Gimenez to block Morata's shot. The ball had been played in from the right, Pedro had hung out his right leg and dragged  back a flick with heel. Morata, closed down by Gimenez, managed to stab his shot but the two Atletico men combined tokeep i out - at some physical cost.  9:13PM 69 min Chelsea take the corner quickly, flicking it short to Fabregas who runs unimpeded up the byline and spanks in a cross. Christensen dives to meet it and flashes his header wide of an unguarded net. What a miss that was. A sitter.  9:11PM 68 min Pedro writhes his way into the box from the left, leaves Gimenez trailing, and scoots a crisp shot that is turned behind for a corner.  9:10PM 66 min Griezmann ekes a chink of space in the Chelsea box with a wriggle but slams a left-foot shot high, wide and hideous.  9:09PM 64 min Bakayoko off - having gone to sleep at the corner and let Saul run free, he had better sit as far away as possible from Conte. Pedro replaces him.  9:07PM 62 min Not sure this 3-5-1-1 really works for Chelsea. It gets Fabregas into the side but in Marcos Alonso's absence it places too much creative onus on his replacement Zappacosta.  9:05PM 60 min Chelsea pile forward in numbers and swarm the Atletico box but the visitors defend it well, standing their ground with 'they shalt not pass' resilience.  Saul heads Atletico in front Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville   9:03PM 57 min Atletico sub - Torres off, Carrasco on. Diego Simeone was going to take Gabi off before the corner and did a quick reverse ferret to hook Torres instead. Chelsea's one-time £50m man departs to a standing ovation from both sets of fans.  Chelsea 0 - 1 Atlético (Saúl Ñíguez, 56 min)   9:00PM GOAL!! Chelsea 0-1 Atletico (Saul)Atletico corner, flicked on at the near post by Torres. Saul comes round the back to bang in a header unchallenged after leaving Bakayoko for dust.  8:58PM 53 min Filipe Luis catches his old club by surprise with a snap shot from about 28 yards that bananas and thunders into the foot of the left post. Courtois was beaten but he springs up smartly to catch the Koke headlong header set up by the rebound.  8:56PM 51 min The outswinging corner from the right is spun by Fabregas on to Morata's head 15 yards out and he powers a header up towards the crossbar, hoping it will dip under. But Oblak gets there quickly to catch.  8:55PM 49 min Two quick chances for Chelsea, the first from a left-wing cross from Hazard. Christensen meets it squarely with a powerful header but pings it within Oblak's reach. Then Hazard runs at Savic, twisting him one way and then another with his snake hip shuffle. He shoots and its deflected behind for a corner.  8:52PM 48 min The free-kick is in the centre of goal 25 yards out. Griezmann takes and floats it straight down Courtois' throat.  8:51PM 46 min Atletico move forward, three steps up, two back. No urgency until Christensen pushes Griezmann over. 'Very easy to go to ground aren't they,' says McManaman, once of Real Pot calling Atletico Kettle black.  8:33PM Half time The referee blasts  peep on his Acme Thunderer and ends the half. A few chances for Chelsea but not much quality. Griezmann is wandering all over the shop.   8:32PM 44 min Now Cahill poleaxes Griezmann on the edge of the Atletico box when he shapes to tackle, realised he couldn't get there but couldn't stop his momentum. Wipe out.  8:31PM 42 min Filipe Luis chips a cross towards the penalty spot from the left angle of the box but Griezmnn didn't read his intentions and Cahill puts his size 10 right through it.  8:27PM 39 min Fabregas picks out Bakayoko from the breakdown of the corner after exchanging sharp passes with Hazard and driving into the box. But he's surrounded and pokes his shot wide.  8:25PM 37 min Terrific save from Oblak. Zappacosta had received a torpedo 20-yard pass from Fabregas, cut inside, left Partey trailing and thundered  right-foot shot through a thicket of defenders' legs. It arrowed towards goal an would have whirled in at the left post but Oblak dived full-length to tip it round the post. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:23PM 34 min Hazard drives into the box from the right trying to expose a red card shy Lucas Hernandez but the centre-back gets his toe in and poke it to Greizmann who tries to dribble his way out of trouble. Kante and Bakayoko embark on a rapid search and destroy raid, Bakayoko wins the ball and then skelps a low near-post cross that Oblak dives forward to smother. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:18PM 31 min Great, early pas into the box from Bakayoko tees up Hazard 12 yards out. He meets it with a diagonal run but slices his shot with a swinging right foot. The ball cannons into Morata and ricochets safely upfield.  8:16PM 29 min Chelsea head it clear and Partey meets it on the flush and promptly sends it round the U-bend with a mishit half-volley.  8:14PM 27 min Filipe Luis hangs up a deep cross from the left. Zappacaosta heads it behind instead of letting it float out because he feared Gimenez who was some distance off. A communications crisis. In comes the corner.   8:13PM 25 min Inspired burst from Griezmann menaces the Chelsea back three and draws two close enough to give him the opportunity to slide Torres clear but the No9 rips himself up. 'Boots on the wrong feet tonight, Fernando,' says Steve McManamanamanamanaman. 8:11PM 24 min Another shot from Morata from a tightish angle wide in the left stings Oblak's palms.   8:10PM 22 min Hazard sets off on a run, tacking out towards the right and linking first with Fabregas and then, after winning a throw-in, Chelsea set Moses off on a dart to the byline and into the box. He cuts back a cross to Morata eight yards out and he stabs a low shot straight at Oblak. Look who's here. It's the greatest caretaker since Pinter's Davies ... or Hong Kong Phooey  Owner Roman Abramovich ( shakes hands with former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink  Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images   8:06PM 19 min Silky turn by Morata 20 yards out loses his marker and then he swerves a right-foot dipper just past the post. Oblak was beaten ... but so was the target.  Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Atlético (Álvaro Morata, 17 min)   8:04PM 18 min  Lucas Hernandez ends an Eden Hazard break abruptly and with menace, barging the Chelsea playmaker over. Yellow card.   Possession: Chelsea vs Atlético   8:02PM 15 min Three Chelsea players make a well-patrolled near post run as a diversion and Fabregas swings a right-foot cross to the back stick but it sails over Andreas Christensen's head and into Oblak's arms. 8:01PM 13 min Gimenez sticks too close to Morata and bundles him over when the Chelsea centre-forward was juggling the ball 25 yards out and trying to bring it under control on the left. Fabregas will take the free-kick.  7:57PM 11 min The visitors look a million dollars on the ball and 10 million off it but their final pass so far has been shonky. Partey, in a decent position, miscontrols at the apex of a promising, quick surge and Courtois has an easy pick-up.  7:56PM 10 min Deep cross from Gimenez is caught by Courtois and he starts a rapid counter with a throw that comes to naught when Bakayoko loses the ball and Atletico sweep forward.  7:54PM 8 min Atletico string about 40 passes together until Filipe Luis chances a cross from the left that was overhit and lacked bite. Zappcosta collars it and chastises it clear.  7:53PM 7 min Zappacosta hits a blind pass on halfway straight to Torres who plays it back to Savic and Atletico begin to build with a spell of possession.  7:52PM 5 min Torres turns and shoots just inside the box after net work from Partey and Griezmann in tight spaces. Torres's drice hits Azpilicueta on the calf and balloons over the bar for a corner that Chelsea defend calmly and competently.   7:50PM 3 min Gimenez cuts out Cahill's pass intended for Zappacosta and steps out of defence in a confident stride. He shifts the ball slickly up to Griezmann on halfway by the touchline and he spins sharply and hits a one-touch pass up to Torres but Azpilicueta anticipates it and intercepts.  7:48PM 1 min Atletico kick off and there's a strange hold-up almost immediately when the players point out a problem with the ball. The game re-starts with a bounce-up and Chelsea hit a crossfield pass from Azpilicueta to Zappacosta who is starting on that side.  He cuts in from the touchline and scythes a hopeful shot over the bar from 25 yards.  7:35PM Those teams in black and white Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses; Hazard, Morata.  Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi.    Atletico get ready, belatedly Credit: Matthew Lewis - UEFA Atletico Madrid Oblak; Gimenez, Savic, Lucas, Filipe Luis; Koke, Thomas, Gabi, Saul; Torres, Griezmann.  Substitutes Miguel Moya, Godin, Carrasco, Correa, Vrsaljko, Vietto, Gameiro.  Referee:Danny Makkelie (Holland). 7:20PM Chelsea team Chelsea team tonight: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Morata. #CHEATLpic.twitter.com/Iyr5KxfW4E— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 5, 2017   7:09PM Team news Still waiting for Chelsea but here is Atletico's starting XI ���� | ALINEACIÓN ¡Mira con qué ONCE jugaremos hoy! ��⚪️��¡Vamos, muchachos!#ChelseaAtleti#AúpaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/84bSwzt4ap— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) December 5, 2017   7:07PM Atletico have arrived late at Stamford Bridge Which accounts for the delay in announcing the line-ups. There is a possibility that the kick-off will be delayed but it will have to be co-ordinated with the Roma v Qarabag kick-off. We'll let you know as soon as we know.  6:38PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of tonight's Group C Champions League tie between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.  Stamford Bridge will be in full voice and you could always join in with the overture before the whole ground succumbs to paeans to celery and the colour blue: Ce sont les meilleures équipes Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The champions! What's the caper? Chelsea are top of Group C before this match and the one between Roma and Qarabag kicks off at 7.45pm at Stadio Olimpico, two points ahead of Roma and four in front of Atlético. Diego Simeone's side have only one forlorn-looking path into the last 16 - an unlikely victory for Qarabag in Foro Italico where the Atlético manager spent four happy years with Lazio combined with beating Chelsea who ruined the Champions League opening night at Wanda Metropolitano when Michy Batshuayi clinched the   comeback from 1-0 down with his 92nd-minute winner.  Michy Batshuayi stabs home Chelsea's dramatic winner against Atletico Madrid in the away fixture  Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images As for Chelsea who are through regardless, the task tonight is to win to make sure they finish top of the group. Because of that shellacking in Rome a draw or defeat tonight coupled with a Roma win would leave them in second place if the head-to-heads need to be employed to separate teams on equal points. Mind you, although finishing second has often written Arsenal's death sentence, finishing first in their group in 2014-15 and 2015-16 did the same for Chelsea when they were paired with PSG two years on the bounce and were knocked out. The last time they went through as group runners-up was eight years ago and though they were drawn against Claudio Ranieri's Juventus, Didier Drogba's late equaliser in the away leg put them on the road to the semi-final. HISTORY �� We’ve faced @ChelseaFC six times and there’s nothing to separate us. 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. 10 goals scored and 10 conceded. #AúpaAtleti#ChelseaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/hrQchj3rcj— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 5, 2017 Finishing second this year could mean last 16 ties against Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Porto which hardly offers a path without prominent obstacles. Should, as seems certain, Atlético Madrid drop into the Europa Leagye, they can take comfort from their memories of winning it in 2012 at the end of  Simeone's first season as manager of the club he loves. Winning it again would be a neat, matching bookend if, as widely rumoured, this proves to be his last season withLos Colchoneros. 

Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 1: Cagey draw leaves Antonio Conte with daunting last 16 prospects

When he looks back on their Champions League progress this year, Antonio Conte will know that it was Chelsea’s chastening defeat in Rome on Halloween that was the root of this minor group stage malfunction that has left them second and worrying about their opponents in the knockout round. Second place in Group C means that Chelsea will face one from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas and possibly Sevilla if they top Liverpool’s group on Wednesday night but even so it is quite an array of opposition that lie in wait. Roma are the group winners and Conte’s team very nearly lost this game, coming from behind after Saúl Niguez had capitalised on some indifferent marking at a corner to plunder a second half goal. It was the twinkling feet of Eden Hazard who brought Chelsea back into the game, the Belgian stroking in the cross that the former Manchester City defender Stefan Savic put into his own goal, and then in the closing stages there were chances to win it. First Alvaro Morata and then his replacement Michy Batshuayi were in on goal but could not beat Jan Oblak and their manager was left to curse and berate his own bench in frustration at the chances that were missed. Atlético Madrid are into the Europa League and there was a chance for Fernando Torres to get one more run-out at Stamford Bridge, bid a fond farewell from the Chelsea fans who liked his unstinting effort but could hardly pretend that they missed him. Even so the lack of ruthlessness in front of goal will be a concern for Conte who will have noted that his attacking players could not deliver despite a series of breakaways in the latter stages of the game. Against the Azerbaijan side Qarabag, Roma prevailed by a single goal at home to take the top place in the group. It was their 3-0 win over Chelsea in Italy in October that was decisive, and still represents Chelsea’s heaviest defeat of the season. The twinkling feet of Eden Hazard got Chelsea back into the game Credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images This feels like the last knockings of a fine Atlético side that have at times defied the duopoly of Spain’s biggest clubs and twice gone close to winning the Champions League on much more limited resources than many of the teams they have beaten along the way. They knocked out Chelsea in 2014 and over the years they have had success while losing many of their best players along the way. More than one of them, of course, has returned but Diego Costa will not be able to play for this side until he is registered at the next transfer window in January. As it was, Atlético were 30 minutes later arriving and two players short of a full regulation Uefa substitutes’ bench. They started with another former Chelsea man, Fernando Torres in attack, back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since he played 17 minutes as a substitute against Norwich City in May 2014. Fernando Torres, back at the Bridge for the first time in more than three years, set up Atletico's goal Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant Torres seemed to be still afflicted with many of the baffling problems that affected him when he was struggling through three and a half fraught years at Chelsea, then as the British game’s most expensive footballer. He still seemed to stumble over the ball at times and his decision-making was not always what might expect but that did not stop him getting himself into the game when he could. Chelsea created limited chances in the first half: a shot from Davide Zappacosta that almost wrong-footed Jan Oblak, and a volley from Alvaro Morata that was pushed over the bar by the Slovenian. In midfield N’golo Kanté was the usual master of the tackle and the breakaway, generally keeping Atletico’s counter-attacking at bay. As it was, Atlético had marginally more of the ball in the first half.   Chelsea 1 - 1 Atlético (Stefan Savic, 75 min) Having looked as if they might be building up to something in the first half, Chelsea were much less impressive after the break. There was a run from Hazard that left the defenders Savic and José María Giménez pointing in the wrong direction, but once again nothing to show for it all at the end while Atlético bided their time and awaited the breakthrough. Torres did eventually come off to a standing ovation all around Stamford Bridge which the 33-year-old seemed to appreciate, reciprocating to all sides of the ground. Moments earlier his dedication to the cause had seen him head a corner from Koke into no-mans’-land at the back post. It was chiefly unoccupied by a blue shirt because Tiemoue Bakayoko had failed to track the run of Saúl who had a free header to guide in past Courtois. Bakayoko let Saul have a clear run at Torres's astute near-post flick on Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It forced Conte to respond and he brought on first Pedro, for the culpable Bakayoko, and then Willian. Christensen had a header saved by Oblak from Cesc Fabregas’ cross. It was another Fabregas cross that led to the equaliser, this time from the right. The ball was cleared as far as Hazard on the edge of the box and he darted in, struck a ball across goal which Savic inadvertently turned past Oblak. They were back in it, courtesy of their main man and chasing the winner that would give them first place in group C. Morata looked unimpressed by the decision to replace him with nine minutes later and bring on Batshuayi but then the Belgian has done enough in the late stages of games to make him a gamble worth taking. Morata had been presented with enough chances, including a chance with just Oblak to beat, made Fabregas, in which the goalkeeper came out comfortably on top. 9:56PM Eden Hazard speaks The only problem, the goalkeeper was on fire. We should score more goals, win the game, finish first in the group. It’s not a problem [next opponents], we are Chelsea. We are a top team, so we can face any team. We can do everything. 9:40PM Full time Chelsea finish second in the group - putting them in jeopardy of drawing PSG, Barcelona. Their only other option wold be Besiktas given they can't play an English club ... or Sevilla if Liverpool horse up tomorrow.  9:38PM 90+3 min Roma have won. Atletico are definitely out but are still trying to go out with a W.  9:37PM 90+1 min Batshuayi wins the ball with his chest 25 yards out, plays a quick one-two and storms down the inside-right channel. He sees a big bullseye over Oblak and under the bar at the far post but chooses to hit it with his right and the side footer bends the ball away from goal at the last.  9:35PM 88 min Moses hangs in to Carrasco's arm and concedes a free-kick 25 yards out, wide on the left. He takes it himself and doesn't beat the first man but in the melee that ensues, Correa goes down and asks for a penalty but all he gets is a corner from Cahill's tackle. Since it touched Correa last, Atletico shouldn't even have go that. But nothing comes from it.  9:32PM 87 min Given that Roma are winning, Chelsea need to score again to win the group and they are pouring men forward.  9:30PM 84 min Correa creates a gilded chance for Atletico with a viciously precise right-wing cross through the six-yard box that is laced past Christensen and Courtois to an unoccupied position at the back post. Had Griezmann smelt its sweet aroma of menace he would have made a back-post run but curiously stood still.  9:28PM 83 min Hazard bombs past Savic on the left and cleaves a lovely pass to Willian 15-yards out. The usually sure-footed attacking midfielder slices his shot over the bar. Had to score.  9:26PM 82 min Chelsea sub: Morata trots off and Batshuayi comes on  9:26PM 81 min Atleti subs: Correa on for Gabi; Vietto for Gimenez. Who is this impostor in the Atletico dugout and what has he done with Diego Simeone? Hazard shoots through Lucas Hernadez's legs and the ball cannons into Stefan Savic and pas Jan Oblak Credit: Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images   9:24PM 79 min Great save by Oblak/appalling miss by Morata after more exemplary work from Fabregas to draw two defenders and play his compatriot through one-on-one with Oblak. He hesitates and allows Oblak the time to gain crucial ground and make himself too huge to beat.  9:20PM GOAL!! Chelsea 1-1 Atletico (Savic og)From Fabregas's corner the ball is headed back to him and he sends in a longer cross over the box to Hazard on the 18-yard line. He twists and bends his run towards the 18-yard box, sweeps a shot towards goal that hit Savic's foot as he lunges to block and that touch dinks it past Oblak.   9:19PM 74 min  Right-wing cross from Pedro headed powerfully by Morata but Oblak knocks out out for a corner.  9:18PM 72 min Substitution for Chelsea. Willian comes on for Zappacosta and Chelsea switch to a back four.   Chelsea vs Atlético shots on goal   9:16PM 70 min Oblak has an egg-sized lump on his cheek after colliding with Gimenez to block Morata's shot. The ball had been played in from the right, Pedro had hung out his right leg and dragged  back a flick with heel. Morata, closed down by Gimenez, managed to stab his shot but the two Atletico men combined tokeep i out - at some physical cost.  9:13PM 69 min Chelsea take the corner quickly, flicking it short to Fabregas who runs unimpeded up the byline and spanks in a cross. Christensen dives to meet it and flashes his header wide of an unguarded net. What a miss that was. A sitter.  9:11PM 68 min Pedro writhes his way into the box from the left, leaves Gimenez trailing, and scoots a crisp shot that is turned behind for a corner.  9:10PM 66 min Griezmann ekes a chink of space in the Chelsea box with a wriggle but slams a left-foot shot high, wide and hideous.  9:09PM 64 min Bakayoko off - having gone to sleep at the corner and let Saul run free, he had better sit as far away as possible from Conte. Pedro replaces him.  9:07PM 62 min Not sure this 3-5-1-1 really works for Chelsea. It gets Fabregas into the side but in Marcos Alonso's absence it places too much creative onus on his replacement Zappacosta.  9:05PM 60 min Chelsea pile forward in numbers and swarm the Atletico box but the visitors defend it well, standing their ground with 'they shalt not pass' resilience.  Saul heads Atletico in front Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville   9:03PM 57 min Atletico sub - Torres off, Carrasco on. Diego Simeone was going to take Gabi off before the corner and did a quick reverse ferret to hook Torres instead. Chelsea's one-time £50m man departs to a standing ovation from both sets of fans.  Chelsea 0 - 1 Atlético (Saúl Ñíguez, 56 min)   9:00PM GOAL!! Chelsea 0-1 Atletico (Saul)Atletico corner, flicked on at the near post by Torres. Saul comes round the back to bang in a header unchallenged after leaving Bakayoko for dust.  8:58PM 53 min Filipe Luis catches his old club by surprise with a snap shot from about 28 yards that bananas and thunders into the foot of the left post. Courtois was beaten but he springs up smartly to catch the Koke headlong header set up by the rebound.  8:56PM 51 min The outswinging corner from the right is spun by Fabregas on to Morata's head 15 yards out and he powers a header up towards the crossbar, hoping it will dip under. But Oblak gets there quickly to catch.  8:55PM 49 min Two quick chances for Chelsea, the first from a left-wing cross from Hazard. Christensen meets it squarely with a powerful header but pings it within Oblak's reach. Then Hazard runs at Savic, twisting him one way and then another with his snake hip shuffle. He shoots and its deflected behind for a corner.  8:52PM 48 min The free-kick is in the centre of goal 25 yards out. Griezmann takes and floats it straight down Courtois' throat.  8:51PM 46 min Atletico move forward, three steps up, two back. No urgency until Christensen pushes Griezmann over. 'Very easy to go to ground aren't they,' says McManaman, once of Real Pot calling Atletico Kettle black.  8:33PM Half time The referee blasts  peep on his Acme Thunderer and ends the half. A few chances for Chelsea but not much quality. Griezmann is wandering all over the shop.   8:32PM 44 min Now Cahill poleaxes Griezmann on the edge of the Atletico box when he shapes to tackle, realised he couldn't get there but couldn't stop his momentum. Wipe out.  8:31PM 42 min Filipe Luis chips a cross towards the penalty spot from the left angle of the box but Griezmnn didn't read his intentions and Cahill puts his size 10 right through it.  8:27PM 39 min Fabregas picks out Bakayoko from the breakdown of the corner after exchanging sharp passes with Hazard and driving into the box. But he's surrounded and pokes his shot wide.  8:25PM 37 min Terrific save from Oblak. Zappacosta had received a torpedo 20-yard pass from Fabregas, cut inside, left Partey trailing and thundered  right-foot shot through a thicket of defenders' legs. It arrowed towards goal an would have whirled in at the left post but Oblak dived full-length to tip it round the post. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:23PM 34 min Hazard drives into the box from the right trying to expose a red card shy Lucas Hernandez but the centre-back gets his toe in and poke it to Greizmann who tries to dribble his way out of trouble. Kante and Bakayoko embark on a rapid search and destroy raid, Bakayoko wins the ball and then skelps a low near-post cross that Oblak dives forward to smother. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:18PM 31 min Great, early pas into the box from Bakayoko tees up Hazard 12 yards out. He meets it with a diagonal run but slices his shot with a swinging right foot. The ball cannons into Morata and ricochets safely upfield.  8:16PM 29 min Chelsea head it clear and Partey meets it on the flush and promptly sends it round the U-bend with a mishit half-volley.  8:14PM 27 min Filipe Luis hangs up a deep cross from the left. Zappacaosta heads it behind instead of letting it float out because he feared Gimenez who was some distance off. A communications crisis. In comes the corner.   8:13PM 25 min Inspired burst from Griezmann menaces the Chelsea back three and draws two close enough to give him the opportunity to slide Torres clear but the No9 rips himself up. 'Boots on the wrong feet tonight, Fernando,' says Steve McManamanamanamanaman. 8:11PM 24 min Another shot from Morata from a tightish angle wide in the left stings Oblak's palms.   8:10PM 22 min Hazard sets off on a run, tacking out towards the right and linking first with Fabregas and then, after winning a throw-in, Chelsea set Moses off on a dart to the byline and into the box. He cuts back a cross to Morata eight yards out and he stabs a low shot straight at Oblak. Look who's here. It's the greatest caretaker since Pinter's Davies ... or Hong Kong Phooey  Owner Roman Abramovich ( shakes hands with former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink  Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images   8:06PM 19 min Silky turn by Morata 20 yards out loses his marker and then he swerves a right-foot dipper just past the post. Oblak was beaten ... but so was the target.  Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Atlético (Álvaro Morata, 17 min)   8:04PM 18 min  Lucas Hernandez ends an Eden Hazard break abruptly and with menace, barging the Chelsea playmaker over. Yellow card.   Possession: Chelsea vs Atlético   8:02PM 15 min Three Chelsea players make a well-patrolled near post run as a diversion and Fabregas swings a right-foot cross to the back stick but it sails over Andreas Christensen's head and into Oblak's arms. 8:01PM 13 min Gimenez sticks too close to Morata and bundles him over when the Chelsea centre-forward was juggling the ball 25 yards out and trying to bring it under control on the left. Fabregas will take the free-kick.  7:57PM 11 min The visitors look a million dollars on the ball and 10 million off it but their final pass so far has been shonky. Partey, in a decent position, miscontrols at the apex of a promising, quick surge and Courtois has an easy pick-up.  7:56PM 10 min Deep cross from Gimenez is caught by Courtois and he starts a rapid counter with a throw that comes to naught when Bakayoko loses the ball and Atletico sweep forward.  7:54PM 8 min Atletico string about 40 passes together until Filipe Luis chances a cross from the left that was overhit and lacked bite. Zappcosta collars it and chastises it clear.  7:53PM 7 min Zappacosta hits a blind pass on halfway straight to Torres who plays it back to Savic and Atletico begin to build with a spell of possession.  7:52PM 5 min Torres turns and shoots just inside the box after net work from Partey and Griezmann in tight spaces. Torres's drice hits Azpilicueta on the calf and balloons over the bar for a corner that Chelsea defend calmly and competently.   7:50PM 3 min Gimenez cuts out Cahill's pass intended for Zappacosta and steps out of defence in a confident stride. He shifts the ball slickly up to Griezmann on halfway by the touchline and he spins sharply and hits a one-touch pass up to Torres but Azpilicueta anticipates it and intercepts.  7:48PM 1 min Atletico kick off and there's a strange hold-up almost immediately when the players point out a problem with the ball. The game re-starts with a bounce-up and Chelsea hit a crossfield pass from Azpilicueta to Zappacosta who is starting on that side.  He cuts in from the touchline and scythes a hopeful shot over the bar from 25 yards.  7:35PM Those teams in black and white Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses; Hazard, Morata.  Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi.    Atletico get ready, belatedly Credit: Matthew Lewis - UEFA Atletico Madrid Oblak; Gimenez, Savic, Lucas, Filipe Luis; Koke, Thomas, Gabi, Saul; Torres, Griezmann.  Substitutes Miguel Moya, Godin, Carrasco, Correa, Vrsaljko, Vietto, Gameiro.  Referee:Danny Makkelie (Holland). 7:20PM Chelsea team Chelsea team tonight: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Morata. #CHEATLpic.twitter.com/Iyr5KxfW4E— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 5, 2017   7:09PM Team news Still waiting for Chelsea but here is Atletico's starting XI ���� | ALINEACIÓN ¡Mira con qué ONCE jugaremos hoy! ��⚪️��¡Vamos, muchachos!#ChelseaAtleti#AúpaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/84bSwzt4ap— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) December 5, 2017   7:07PM Atletico have arrived late at Stamford Bridge Which accounts for the delay in announcing the line-ups. There is a possibility that the kick-off will be delayed but it will have to be co-ordinated with the Roma v Qarabag kick-off. We'll let you know as soon as we know.  6:38PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of tonight's Group C Champions League tie between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.  Stamford Bridge will be in full voice and you could always join in with the overture before the whole ground succumbs to paeans to celery and the colour blue: Ce sont les meilleures équipes Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The champions! What's the caper? Chelsea are top of Group C before this match and the one between Roma and Qarabag kicks off at 7.45pm at Stadio Olimpico, two points ahead of Roma and four in front of Atlético. Diego Simeone's side have only one forlorn-looking path into the last 16 - an unlikely victory for Qarabag in Foro Italico where the Atlético manager spent four happy years with Lazio combined with beating Chelsea who ruined the Champions League opening night at Wanda Metropolitano when Michy Batshuayi clinched the   comeback from 1-0 down with his 92nd-minute winner.  Michy Batshuayi stabs home Chelsea's dramatic winner against Atletico Madrid in the away fixture  Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images As for Chelsea who are through regardless, the task tonight is to win to make sure they finish top of the group. Because of that shellacking in Rome a draw or defeat tonight coupled with a Roma win would leave them in second place if the head-to-heads need to be employed to separate teams on equal points. Mind you, although finishing second has often written Arsenal's death sentence, finishing first in their group in 2014-15 and 2015-16 did the same for Chelsea when they were paired with PSG two years on the bounce and were knocked out. The last time they went through as group runners-up was eight years ago and though they were drawn against Claudio Ranieri's Juventus, Didier Drogba's late equaliser in the away leg put them on the road to the semi-final. HISTORY �� We’ve faced @ChelseaFC six times and there’s nothing to separate us. 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. 10 goals scored and 10 conceded. #AúpaAtleti#ChelseaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/hrQchj3rcj— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 5, 2017 Finishing second this year could mean last 16 ties against Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Porto which hardly offers a path without prominent obstacles. Should, as seems certain, Atlético Madrid drop into the Europa Leagye, they can take comfort from their memories of winning it in 2012 at the end of  Simeone's first season as manager of the club he loves. Winning it again would be a neat, matching bookend if, as widely rumoured, this proves to be his last season withLos Colchoneros. 

Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 1: Cagey draw leaves Antonio Conte with daunting last 16 prospects

When he looks back on their Champions League progress this year, Antonio Conte will know that it was Chelsea’s chastening defeat in Rome on Halloween that was the root of this minor group stage malfunction that has left them second and worrying about their opponents in the knockout round. Second place in Group C means that Chelsea will face one from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas and possibly Sevilla if they top Liverpool’s group on Wednesday night but even so it is quite an array of opposition that lie in wait. Roma are the group winners and Conte’s team very nearly lost this game, coming from behind after Saúl Niguez had capitalised on some indifferent marking at a corner to plunder a second half goal. It was the twinkling feet of Eden Hazard who brought Chelsea back into the game, the Belgian stroking in the cross that the former Manchester City defender Stefan Savic put into his own goal, and then in the closing stages there were chances to win it. First Alvaro Morata and then his replacement Michy Batshuayi were in on goal but could not beat Jan Oblak and their manager was left to curse and berate his own bench in frustration at the chances that were missed. Atlético Madrid are into the Europa League and there was a chance for Fernando Torres to get one more run-out at Stamford Bridge, bid a fond farewell from the Chelsea fans who liked his unstinting effort but could hardly pretend that they missed him. Even so the lack of ruthlessness in front of goal will be a concern for Conte who will have noted that his attacking players could not deliver despite a series of breakaways in the latter stages of the game. Against the Azerbaijan side Qarabag, Roma prevailed by a single goal at home to take the top place in the group. It was their 3-0 win over Chelsea in Italy in October that was decisive, and still represents Chelsea’s heaviest defeat of the season. The twinkling feet of Eden Hazard got Chelsea back into the game Credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images This feels like the last knockings of a fine Atlético side that have at times defied the duopoly of Spain’s biggest clubs and twice gone close to winning the Champions League on much more limited resources than many of the teams they have beaten along the way. They knocked out Chelsea in 2014 and over the years they have had success while losing many of their best players along the way. More than one of them, of course, has returned but Diego Costa will not be able to play for this side until he is registered at the next transfer window in January. As it was, Atlético were 30 minutes later arriving and two players short of a full regulation Uefa substitutes’ bench. They started with another former Chelsea man, Fernando Torres in attack, back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since he played 17 minutes as a substitute against Norwich City in May 2014. Fernando Torres, back at the Bridge for the first time in more than three years, set up Atletico's goal Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant Torres seemed to be still afflicted with many of the baffling problems that affected him when he was struggling through three and a half fraught years at Chelsea, then as the British game’s most expensive footballer. He still seemed to stumble over the ball at times and his decision-making was not always what might expect but that did not stop him getting himself into the game when he could. Chelsea created limited chances in the first half: a shot from Davide Zappacosta that almost wrong-footed Jan Oblak, and a volley from Alvaro Morata that was pushed over the bar by the Slovenian. In midfield N’golo Kanté was the usual master of the tackle and the breakaway, generally keeping Atletico’s counter-attacking at bay. As it was, Atlético had marginally more of the ball in the first half.   Chelsea 1 - 1 Atlético (Stefan Savic, 75 min) Having looked as if they might be building up to something in the first half, Chelsea were much less impressive after the break. There was a run from Hazard that left the defenders Savic and José María Giménez pointing in the wrong direction, but once again nothing to show for it all at the end while Atlético bided their time and awaited the breakthrough. Torres did eventually come off to a standing ovation all around Stamford Bridge which the 33-year-old seemed to appreciate, reciprocating to all sides of the ground. Moments earlier his dedication to the cause had seen him head a corner from Koke into no-mans’-land at the back post. It was chiefly unoccupied by a blue shirt because Tiemoue Bakayoko had failed to track the run of Saúl who had a free header to guide in past Courtois. Bakayoko let Saul have a clear run at Torres's astute near-post flick on Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It forced Conte to respond and he brought on first Pedro, for the culpable Bakayoko, and then Willian. Christensen had a header saved by Oblak from Cesc Fabregas’ cross. It was another Fabregas cross that led to the equaliser, this time from the right. The ball was cleared as far as Hazard on the edge of the box and he darted in, struck a ball across goal which Savic inadvertently turned past Oblak. They were back in it, courtesy of their main man and chasing the winner that would give them first place in group C. Morata looked unimpressed by the decision to replace him with nine minutes later and bring on Batshuayi but then the Belgian has done enough in the late stages of games to make him a gamble worth taking. Morata had been presented with enough chances, including a chance with just Oblak to beat, made Fabregas, in which the goalkeeper came out comfortably on top. 9:56PM Eden Hazard speaks The only problem, the goalkeeper was on fire. We should score more goals, win the game, finish first in the group. It’s not a problem [next opponents], we are Chelsea. We are a top team, so we can face any team. We can do everything. 9:40PM Full time Chelsea finish second in the group - putting them in jeopardy of drawing PSG, Barcelona. Their only other option wold be Besiktas given they can't play an English club ... or Sevilla if Liverpool horse up tomorrow.  9:38PM 90+3 min Roma have won. Atletico are definitely out but are still trying to go out with a W.  9:37PM 90+1 min Batshuayi wins the ball with his chest 25 yards out, plays a quick one-two and storms down the inside-right channel. He sees a big bullseye over Oblak and under the bar at the far post but chooses to hit it with his right and the side footer bends the ball away from goal at the last.  9:35PM 88 min Moses hangs in to Carrasco's arm and concedes a free-kick 25 yards out, wide on the left. He takes it himself and doesn't beat the first man but in the melee that ensues, Correa goes down and asks for a penalty but all he gets is a corner from Cahill's tackle. Since it touched Correa last, Atletico shouldn't even have go that. But nothing comes from it.  9:32PM 87 min Given that Roma are winning, Chelsea need to score again to win the group and they are pouring men forward.  9:30PM 84 min Correa creates a gilded chance for Atletico with a viciously precise right-wing cross through the six-yard box that is laced past Christensen and Courtois to an unoccupied position at the back post. Had Griezmann smelt its sweet aroma of menace he would have made a back-post run but curiously stood still.  9:28PM 83 min Hazard bombs past Savic on the left and cleaves a lovely pass to Willian 15-yards out. The usually sure-footed attacking midfielder slices his shot over the bar. Had to score.  9:26PM 82 min Chelsea sub: Morata trots off and Batshuayi comes on  9:26PM 81 min Atleti subs: Correa on for Gabi; Vietto for Gimenez. Who is this impostor in the Atletico dugout and what has he done with Diego Simeone? Hazard shoots through Lucas Hernadez's legs and the ball cannons into Stefan Savic and pas Jan Oblak Credit: Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images   9:24PM 79 min Great save by Oblak/appalling miss by Morata after more exemplary work from Fabregas to draw two defenders and play his compatriot through one-on-one with Oblak. He hesitates and allows Oblak the time to gain crucial ground and make himself too huge to beat.  9:20PM GOAL!! Chelsea 1-1 Atletico (Savic og)From Fabregas's corner the ball is headed back to him and he sends in a longer cross over the box to Hazard on the 18-yard line. He twists and bends his run towards the 18-yard box, sweeps a shot towards goal that hit Savic's foot as he lunges to block and that touch dinks it past Oblak.   9:19PM 74 min  Right-wing cross from Pedro headed powerfully by Morata but Oblak knocks out out for a corner.  9:18PM 72 min Substitution for Chelsea. Willian comes on for Zappacosta and Chelsea switch to a back four.   Chelsea vs Atlético shots on goal   9:16PM 70 min Oblak has an egg-sized lump on his cheek after colliding with Gimenez to block Morata's shot. The ball had been played in from the right, Pedro had hung out his right leg and dragged  back a flick with heel. Morata, closed down by Gimenez, managed to stab his shot but the two Atletico men combined tokeep i out - at some physical cost.  9:13PM 69 min Chelsea take the corner quickly, flicking it short to Fabregas who runs unimpeded up the byline and spanks in a cross. Christensen dives to meet it and flashes his header wide of an unguarded net. What a miss that was. A sitter.  9:11PM 68 min Pedro writhes his way into the box from the left, leaves Gimenez trailing, and scoots a crisp shot that is turned behind for a corner.  9:10PM 66 min Griezmann ekes a chink of space in the Chelsea box with a wriggle but slams a left-foot shot high, wide and hideous.  9:09PM 64 min Bakayoko off - having gone to sleep at the corner and let Saul run free, he had better sit as far away as possible from Conte. Pedro replaces him.  9:07PM 62 min Not sure this 3-5-1-1 really works for Chelsea. It gets Fabregas into the side but in Marcos Alonso's absence it places too much creative onus on his replacement Zappacosta.  9:05PM 60 min Chelsea pile forward in numbers and swarm the Atletico box but the visitors defend it well, standing their ground with 'they shalt not pass' resilience.  Saul heads Atletico in front Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville   9:03PM 57 min Atletico sub - Torres off, Carrasco on. Diego Simeone was going to take Gabi off before the corner and did a quick reverse ferret to hook Torres instead. Chelsea's one-time £50m man departs to a standing ovation from both sets of fans.  Chelsea 0 - 1 Atlético (Saúl Ñíguez, 56 min)   9:00PM GOAL!! Chelsea 0-1 Atletico (Saul)Atletico corner, flicked on at the near post by Torres. Saul comes round the back to bang in a header unchallenged after leaving Bakayoko for dust.  8:58PM 53 min Filipe Luis catches his old club by surprise with a snap shot from about 28 yards that bananas and thunders into the foot of the left post. Courtois was beaten but he springs up smartly to catch the Koke headlong header set up by the rebound.  8:56PM 51 min The outswinging corner from the right is spun by Fabregas on to Morata's head 15 yards out and he powers a header up towards the crossbar, hoping it will dip under. But Oblak gets there quickly to catch.  8:55PM 49 min Two quick chances for Chelsea, the first from a left-wing cross from Hazard. Christensen meets it squarely with a powerful header but pings it within Oblak's reach. Then Hazard runs at Savic, twisting him one way and then another with his snake hip shuffle. He shoots and its deflected behind for a corner.  8:52PM 48 min The free-kick is in the centre of goal 25 yards out. Griezmann takes and floats it straight down Courtois' throat.  8:51PM 46 min Atletico move forward, three steps up, two back. No urgency until Christensen pushes Griezmann over. 'Very easy to go to ground aren't they,' says McManaman, once of Real Pot calling Atletico Kettle black.  8:33PM Half time The referee blasts  peep on his Acme Thunderer and ends the half. A few chances for Chelsea but not much quality. Griezmann is wandering all over the shop.   8:32PM 44 min Now Cahill poleaxes Griezmann on the edge of the Atletico box when he shapes to tackle, realised he couldn't get there but couldn't stop his momentum. Wipe out.  8:31PM 42 min Filipe Luis chips a cross towards the penalty spot from the left angle of the box but Griezmnn didn't read his intentions and Cahill puts his size 10 right through it.  8:27PM 39 min Fabregas picks out Bakayoko from the breakdown of the corner after exchanging sharp passes with Hazard and driving into the box. But he's surrounded and pokes his shot wide.  8:25PM 37 min Terrific save from Oblak. Zappacosta had received a torpedo 20-yard pass from Fabregas, cut inside, left Partey trailing and thundered  right-foot shot through a thicket of defenders' legs. It arrowed towards goal an would have whirled in at the left post but Oblak dived full-length to tip it round the post. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:23PM 34 min Hazard drives into the box from the right trying to expose a red card shy Lucas Hernandez but the centre-back gets his toe in and poke it to Greizmann who tries to dribble his way out of trouble. Kante and Bakayoko embark on a rapid search and destroy raid, Bakayoko wins the ball and then skelps a low near-post cross that Oblak dives forward to smother. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:18PM 31 min Great, early pas into the box from Bakayoko tees up Hazard 12 yards out. He meets it with a diagonal run but slices his shot with a swinging right foot. The ball cannons into Morata and ricochets safely upfield.  8:16PM 29 min Chelsea head it clear and Partey meets it on the flush and promptly sends it round the U-bend with a mishit half-volley.  8:14PM 27 min Filipe Luis hangs up a deep cross from the left. Zappacaosta heads it behind instead of letting it float out because he feared Gimenez who was some distance off. A communications crisis. In comes the corner.   8:13PM 25 min Inspired burst from Griezmann menaces the Chelsea back three and draws two close enough to give him the opportunity to slide Torres clear but the No9 rips himself up. 'Boots on the wrong feet tonight, Fernando,' says Steve McManamanamanamanaman. 8:11PM 24 min Another shot from Morata from a tightish angle wide in the left stings Oblak's palms.   8:10PM 22 min Hazard sets off on a run, tacking out towards the right and linking first with Fabregas and then, after winning a throw-in, Chelsea set Moses off on a dart to the byline and into the box. He cuts back a cross to Morata eight yards out and he stabs a low shot straight at Oblak. Look who's here. It's the greatest caretaker since Pinter's Davies ... or Hong Kong Phooey  Owner Roman Abramovich ( shakes hands with former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink  Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images   8:06PM 19 min Silky turn by Morata 20 yards out loses his marker and then he swerves a right-foot dipper just past the post. Oblak was beaten ... but so was the target.  Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Atlético (Álvaro Morata, 17 min)   8:04PM 18 min  Lucas Hernandez ends an Eden Hazard break abruptly and with menace, barging the Chelsea playmaker over. Yellow card.   Possession: Chelsea vs Atlético   8:02PM 15 min Three Chelsea players make a well-patrolled near post run as a diversion and Fabregas swings a right-foot cross to the back stick but it sails over Andreas Christensen's head and into Oblak's arms. 8:01PM 13 min Gimenez sticks too close to Morata and bundles him over when the Chelsea centre-forward was juggling the ball 25 yards out and trying to bring it under control on the left. Fabregas will take the free-kick.  7:57PM 11 min The visitors look a million dollars on the ball and 10 million off it but their final pass so far has been shonky. Partey, in a decent position, miscontrols at the apex of a promising, quick surge and Courtois has an easy pick-up.  7:56PM 10 min Deep cross from Gimenez is caught by Courtois and he starts a rapid counter with a throw that comes to naught when Bakayoko loses the ball and Atletico sweep forward.  7:54PM 8 min Atletico string about 40 passes together until Filipe Luis chances a cross from the left that was overhit and lacked bite. Zappcosta collars it and chastises it clear.  7:53PM 7 min Zappacosta hits a blind pass on halfway straight to Torres who plays it back to Savic and Atletico begin to build with a spell of possession.  7:52PM 5 min Torres turns and shoots just inside the box after net work from Partey and Griezmann in tight spaces. Torres's drice hits Azpilicueta on the calf and balloons over the bar for a corner that Chelsea defend calmly and competently.   7:50PM 3 min Gimenez cuts out Cahill's pass intended for Zappacosta and steps out of defence in a confident stride. He shifts the ball slickly up to Griezmann on halfway by the touchline and he spins sharply and hits a one-touch pass up to Torres but Azpilicueta anticipates it and intercepts.  7:48PM 1 min Atletico kick off and there's a strange hold-up almost immediately when the players point out a problem with the ball. The game re-starts with a bounce-up and Chelsea hit a crossfield pass from Azpilicueta to Zappacosta who is starting on that side.  He cuts in from the touchline and scythes a hopeful shot over the bar from 25 yards.  7:35PM Those teams in black and white Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses; Hazard, Morata.  Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi.    Atletico get ready, belatedly Credit: Matthew Lewis - UEFA Atletico Madrid Oblak; Gimenez, Savic, Lucas, Filipe Luis; Koke, Thomas, Gabi, Saul; Torres, Griezmann.  Substitutes Miguel Moya, Godin, Carrasco, Correa, Vrsaljko, Vietto, Gameiro.  Referee:Danny Makkelie (Holland). 7:20PM Chelsea team Chelsea team tonight: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Morata. #CHEATLpic.twitter.com/Iyr5KxfW4E— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 5, 2017   7:09PM Team news Still waiting for Chelsea but here is Atletico's starting XI ���� | ALINEACIÓN ¡Mira con qué ONCE jugaremos hoy! ��⚪️��¡Vamos, muchachos!#ChelseaAtleti#AúpaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/84bSwzt4ap— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) December 5, 2017   7:07PM Atletico have arrived late at Stamford Bridge Which accounts for the delay in announcing the line-ups. There is a possibility that the kick-off will be delayed but it will have to be co-ordinated with the Roma v Qarabag kick-off. We'll let you know as soon as we know.  6:38PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of tonight's Group C Champions League tie between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.  Stamford Bridge will be in full voice and you could always join in with the overture before the whole ground succumbs to paeans to celery and the colour blue: Ce sont les meilleures équipes Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The champions! What's the caper? Chelsea are top of Group C before this match and the one between Roma and Qarabag kicks off at 7.45pm at Stadio Olimpico, two points ahead of Roma and four in front of Atlético. Diego Simeone's side have only one forlorn-looking path into the last 16 - an unlikely victory for Qarabag in Foro Italico where the Atlético manager spent four happy years with Lazio combined with beating Chelsea who ruined the Champions League opening night at Wanda Metropolitano when Michy Batshuayi clinched the   comeback from 1-0 down with his 92nd-minute winner.  Michy Batshuayi stabs home Chelsea's dramatic winner against Atletico Madrid in the away fixture  Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images As for Chelsea who are through regardless, the task tonight is to win to make sure they finish top of the group. Because of that shellacking in Rome a draw or defeat tonight coupled with a Roma win would leave them in second place if the head-to-heads need to be employed to separate teams on equal points. Mind you, although finishing second has often written Arsenal's death sentence, finishing first in their group in 2014-15 and 2015-16 did the same for Chelsea when they were paired with PSG two years on the bounce and were knocked out. The last time they went through as group runners-up was eight years ago and though they were drawn against Claudio Ranieri's Juventus, Didier Drogba's late equaliser in the away leg put them on the road to the semi-final. HISTORY �� We’ve faced @ChelseaFC six times and there’s nothing to separate us. 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. 10 goals scored and 10 conceded. #AúpaAtleti#ChelseaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/hrQchj3rcj— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 5, 2017 Finishing second this year could mean last 16 ties against Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Porto which hardly offers a path without prominent obstacles. Should, as seems certain, Atlético Madrid drop into the Europa Leagye, they can take comfort from their memories of winning it in 2012 at the end of  Simeone's first season as manager of the club he loves. Winning it again would be a neat, matching bookend if, as widely rumoured, this proves to be his last season withLos Colchoneros. 

Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 1: Cagey draw leaves Antonio Conte with daunting last 16 prospects

When he looks back on their Champions League progress this year, Antonio Conte will know that it was Chelsea’s chastening defeat in Rome on Halloween that was the root of this minor group stage malfunction that has left them second and worrying about their opponents in the knockout round. Second place in Group C means that Chelsea will face one from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas and possibly Sevilla if they top Liverpool’s group on Wednesday night but even so it is quite an array of opposition that lie in wait. Roma are the group winners and Conte’s team very nearly lost this game, coming from behind after Saúl Niguez had capitalised on some indifferent marking at a corner to plunder a second half goal. It was the twinkling feet of Eden Hazard who brought Chelsea back into the game, the Belgian stroking in the cross that the former Manchester City defender Stefan Savic put into his own goal, and then in the closing stages there were chances to win it. First Alvaro Morata and then his replacement Michy Batshuayi were in on goal but could not beat Jan Oblak and their manager was left to curse and berate his own bench in frustration at the chances that were missed. Atlético Madrid are into the Europa League and there was a chance for Fernando Torres to get one more run-out at Stamford Bridge, bid a fond farewell from the Chelsea fans who liked his unstinting effort but could hardly pretend that they missed him. Even so the lack of ruthlessness in front of goal will be a concern for Conte who will have noted that his attacking players could not deliver despite a series of breakaways in the latter stages of the game. Against the Azerbaijan side Qarabag, Roma prevailed by a single goal at home to take the top place in the group. It was their 3-0 win over Chelsea in Italy in October that was decisive, and still represents Chelsea’s heaviest defeat of the season. The twinkling feet of Eden Hazard got Chelsea back into the game Credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images This feels like the last knockings of a fine Atlético side that have at times defied the duopoly of Spain’s biggest clubs and twice gone close to winning the Champions League on much more limited resources than many of the teams they have beaten along the way. They knocked out Chelsea in 2014 and over the years they have had success while losing many of their best players along the way. More than one of them, of course, has returned but Diego Costa will not be able to play for this side until he is registered at the next transfer window in January. As it was, Atlético were 30 minutes later arriving and two players short of a full regulation Uefa substitutes’ bench. They started with another former Chelsea man, Fernando Torres in attack, back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since he played 17 minutes as a substitute against Norwich City in May 2014. Fernando Torres, back at the Bridge for the first time in more than three years, set up Atletico's goal Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant Torres seemed to be still afflicted with many of the baffling problems that affected him when he was struggling through three and a half fraught years at Chelsea, then as the British game’s most expensive footballer. He still seemed to stumble over the ball at times and his decision-making was not always what might expect but that did not stop him getting himself into the game when he could. Chelsea created limited chances in the first half: a shot from Davide Zappacosta that almost wrong-footed Jan Oblak, and a volley from Alvaro Morata that was pushed over the bar by the Slovenian. In midfield N’golo Kanté was the usual master of the tackle and the breakaway, generally keeping Atletico’s counter-attacking at bay. As it was, Atlético had marginally more of the ball in the first half.   Chelsea 1 - 1 Atlético (Stefan Savic, 75 min) Having looked as if they might be building up to something in the first half, Chelsea were much less impressive after the break. There was a run from Hazard that left the defenders Savic and José María Giménez pointing in the wrong direction, but once again nothing to show for it all at the end while Atlético bided their time and awaited the breakthrough. Torres did eventually come off to a standing ovation all around Stamford Bridge which the 33-year-old seemed to appreciate, reciprocating to all sides of the ground. Moments earlier his dedication to the cause had seen him head a corner from Koke into no-mans’-land at the back post. It was chiefly unoccupied by a blue shirt because Tiemoue Bakayoko had failed to track the run of Saúl who had a free header to guide in past Courtois. Bakayoko let Saul have a clear run at Torres's astute near-post flick on Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It forced Conte to respond and he brought on first Pedro, for the culpable Bakayoko, and then Willian. Christensen had a header saved by Oblak from Cesc Fabregas’ cross. It was another Fabregas cross that led to the equaliser, this time from the right. The ball was cleared as far as Hazard on the edge of the box and he darted in, struck a ball across goal which Savic inadvertently turned past Oblak. They were back in it, courtesy of their main man and chasing the winner that would give them first place in group C. Morata looked unimpressed by the decision to replace him with nine minutes later and bring on Batshuayi but then the Belgian has done enough in the late stages of games to make him a gamble worth taking. Morata had been presented with enough chances, including a chance with just Oblak to beat, made Fabregas, in which the goalkeeper came out comfortably on top. 9:56PM Eden Hazard speaks The only problem, the goalkeeper was on fire. We should score more goals, win the game, finish first in the group. It’s not a problem [next opponents], we are Chelsea. We are a top team, so we can face any team. We can do everything. 9:40PM Full time Chelsea finish second in the group - putting them in jeopardy of drawing PSG, Barcelona. Their only other option wold be Besiktas given they can't play an English club ... or Sevilla if Liverpool horse up tomorrow.  9:38PM 90+3 min Roma have won. Atletico are definitely out but are still trying to go out with a W.  9:37PM 90+1 min Batshuayi wins the ball with his chest 25 yards out, plays a quick one-two and storms down the inside-right channel. He sees a big bullseye over Oblak and under the bar at the far post but chooses to hit it with his right and the side footer bends the ball away from goal at the last.  9:35PM 88 min Moses hangs in to Carrasco's arm and concedes a free-kick 25 yards out, wide on the left. He takes it himself and doesn't beat the first man but in the melee that ensues, Correa goes down and asks for a penalty but all he gets is a corner from Cahill's tackle. Since it touched Correa last, Atletico shouldn't even have go that. But nothing comes from it.  9:32PM 87 min Given that Roma are winning, Chelsea need to score again to win the group and they are pouring men forward.  9:30PM 84 min Correa creates a gilded chance for Atletico with a viciously precise right-wing cross through the six-yard box that is laced past Christensen and Courtois to an unoccupied position at the back post. Had Griezmann smelt its sweet aroma of menace he would have made a back-post run but curiously stood still.  9:28PM 83 min Hazard bombs past Savic on the left and cleaves a lovely pass to Willian 15-yards out. The usually sure-footed attacking midfielder slices his shot over the bar. Had to score.  9:26PM 82 min Chelsea sub: Morata trots off and Batshuayi comes on  9:26PM 81 min Atleti subs: Correa on for Gabi; Vietto for Gimenez. Who is this impostor in the Atletico dugout and what has he done with Diego Simeone? Hazard shoots through Lucas Hernadez's legs and the ball cannons into Stefan Savic and pas Jan Oblak Credit: Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images   9:24PM 79 min Great save by Oblak/appalling miss by Morata after more exemplary work from Fabregas to draw two defenders and play his compatriot through one-on-one with Oblak. He hesitates and allows Oblak the time to gain crucial ground and make himself too huge to beat.  9:20PM GOAL!! Chelsea 1-1 Atletico (Savic og)From Fabregas's corner the ball is headed back to him and he sends in a longer cross over the box to Hazard on the 18-yard line. He twists and bends his run towards the 18-yard box, sweeps a shot towards goal that hit Savic's foot as he lunges to block and that touch dinks it past Oblak.   9:19PM 74 min  Right-wing cross from Pedro headed powerfully by Morata but Oblak knocks out out for a corner.  9:18PM 72 min Substitution for Chelsea. Willian comes on for Zappacosta and Chelsea switch to a back four.   Chelsea vs Atlético shots on goal   9:16PM 70 min Oblak has an egg-sized lump on his cheek after colliding with Gimenez to block Morata's shot. The ball had been played in from the right, Pedro had hung out his right leg and dragged  back a flick with heel. Morata, closed down by Gimenez, managed to stab his shot but the two Atletico men combined tokeep i out - at some physical cost.  9:13PM 69 min Chelsea take the corner quickly, flicking it short to Fabregas who runs unimpeded up the byline and spanks in a cross. Christensen dives to meet it and flashes his header wide of an unguarded net. What a miss that was. A sitter.  9:11PM 68 min Pedro writhes his way into the box from the left, leaves Gimenez trailing, and scoots a crisp shot that is turned behind for a corner.  9:10PM 66 min Griezmann ekes a chink of space in the Chelsea box with a wriggle but slams a left-foot shot high, wide and hideous.  9:09PM 64 min Bakayoko off - having gone to sleep at the corner and let Saul run free, he had better sit as far away as possible from Conte. Pedro replaces him.  9:07PM 62 min Not sure this 3-5-1-1 really works for Chelsea. It gets Fabregas into the side but in Marcos Alonso's absence it places too much creative onus on his replacement Zappacosta.  9:05PM 60 min Chelsea pile forward in numbers and swarm the Atletico box but the visitors defend it well, standing their ground with 'they shalt not pass' resilience.  Saul heads Atletico in front Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville   9:03PM 57 min Atletico sub - Torres off, Carrasco on. Diego Simeone was going to take Gabi off before the corner and did a quick reverse ferret to hook Torres instead. Chelsea's one-time £50m man departs to a standing ovation from both sets of fans.  Chelsea 0 - 1 Atlético (Saúl Ñíguez, 56 min)   9:00PM GOAL!! Chelsea 0-1 Atletico (Saul)Atletico corner, flicked on at the near post by Torres. Saul comes round the back to bang in a header unchallenged after leaving Bakayoko for dust.  8:58PM 53 min Filipe Luis catches his old club by surprise with a snap shot from about 28 yards that bananas and thunders into the foot of the left post. Courtois was beaten but he springs up smartly to catch the Koke headlong header set up by the rebound.  8:56PM 51 min The outswinging corner from the right is spun by Fabregas on to Morata's head 15 yards out and he powers a header up towards the crossbar, hoping it will dip under. But Oblak gets there quickly to catch.  8:55PM 49 min Two quick chances for Chelsea, the first from a left-wing cross from Hazard. Christensen meets it squarely with a powerful header but pings it within Oblak's reach. Then Hazard runs at Savic, twisting him one way and then another with his snake hip shuffle. He shoots and its deflected behind for a corner.  8:52PM 48 min The free-kick is in the centre of goal 25 yards out. Griezmann takes and floats it straight down Courtois' throat.  8:51PM 46 min Atletico move forward, three steps up, two back. No urgency until Christensen pushes Griezmann over. 'Very easy to go to ground aren't they,' says McManaman, once of Real Pot calling Atletico Kettle black.  8:33PM Half time The referee blasts  peep on his Acme Thunderer and ends the half. A few chances for Chelsea but not much quality. Griezmann is wandering all over the shop.   8:32PM 44 min Now Cahill poleaxes Griezmann on the edge of the Atletico box when he shapes to tackle, realised he couldn't get there but couldn't stop his momentum. Wipe out.  8:31PM 42 min Filipe Luis chips a cross towards the penalty spot from the left angle of the box but Griezmnn didn't read his intentions and Cahill puts his size 10 right through it.  8:27PM 39 min Fabregas picks out Bakayoko from the breakdown of the corner after exchanging sharp passes with Hazard and driving into the box. But he's surrounded and pokes his shot wide.  8:25PM 37 min Terrific save from Oblak. Zappacosta had received a torpedo 20-yard pass from Fabregas, cut inside, left Partey trailing and thundered  right-foot shot through a thicket of defenders' legs. It arrowed towards goal an would have whirled in at the left post but Oblak dived full-length to tip it round the post. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:23PM 34 min Hazard drives into the box from the right trying to expose a red card shy Lucas Hernandez but the centre-back gets his toe in and poke it to Greizmann who tries to dribble his way out of trouble. Kante and Bakayoko embark on a rapid search and destroy raid, Bakayoko wins the ball and then skelps a low near-post cross that Oblak dives forward to smother. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:18PM 31 min Great, early pas into the box from Bakayoko tees up Hazard 12 yards out. He meets it with a diagonal run but slices his shot with a swinging right foot. The ball cannons into Morata and ricochets safely upfield.  8:16PM 29 min Chelsea head it clear and Partey meets it on the flush and promptly sends it round the U-bend with a mishit half-volley.  8:14PM 27 min Filipe Luis hangs up a deep cross from the left. Zappacaosta heads it behind instead of letting it float out because he feared Gimenez who was some distance off. A communications crisis. In comes the corner.   8:13PM 25 min Inspired burst from Griezmann menaces the Chelsea back three and draws two close enough to give him the opportunity to slide Torres clear but the No9 rips himself up. 'Boots on the wrong feet tonight, Fernando,' says Steve McManamanamanamanaman. 8:11PM 24 min Another shot from Morata from a tightish angle wide in the left stings Oblak's palms.   8:10PM 22 min Hazard sets off on a run, tacking out towards the right and linking first with Fabregas and then, after winning a throw-in, Chelsea set Moses off on a dart to the byline and into the box. He cuts back a cross to Morata eight yards out and he stabs a low shot straight at Oblak. Look who's here. It's the greatest caretaker since Pinter's Davies ... or Hong Kong Phooey  Owner Roman Abramovich ( shakes hands with former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink  Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images   8:06PM 19 min Silky turn by Morata 20 yards out loses his marker and then he swerves a right-foot dipper just past the post. Oblak was beaten ... but so was the target.  Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Atlético (Álvaro Morata, 17 min)   8:04PM 18 min  Lucas Hernandez ends an Eden Hazard break abruptly and with menace, barging the Chelsea playmaker over. Yellow card.   Possession: Chelsea vs Atlético   8:02PM 15 min Three Chelsea players make a well-patrolled near post run as a diversion and Fabregas swings a right-foot cross to the back stick but it sails over Andreas Christensen's head and into Oblak's arms. 8:01PM 13 min Gimenez sticks too close to Morata and bundles him over when the Chelsea centre-forward was juggling the ball 25 yards out and trying to bring it under control on the left. Fabregas will take the free-kick.  7:57PM 11 min The visitors look a million dollars on the ball and 10 million off it but their final pass so far has been shonky. Partey, in a decent position, miscontrols at the apex of a promising, quick surge and Courtois has an easy pick-up.  7:56PM 10 min Deep cross from Gimenez is caught by Courtois and he starts a rapid counter with a throw that comes to naught when Bakayoko loses the ball and Atletico sweep forward.  7:54PM 8 min Atletico string about 40 passes together until Filipe Luis chances a cross from the left that was overhit and lacked bite. Zappcosta collars it and chastises it clear.  7:53PM 7 min Zappacosta hits a blind pass on halfway straight to Torres who plays it back to Savic and Atletico begin to build with a spell of possession.  7:52PM 5 min Torres turns and shoots just inside the box after net work from Partey and Griezmann in tight spaces. Torres's drice hits Azpilicueta on the calf and balloons over the bar for a corner that Chelsea defend calmly and competently.   7:50PM 3 min Gimenez cuts out Cahill's pass intended for Zappacosta and steps out of defence in a confident stride. He shifts the ball slickly up to Griezmann on halfway by the touchline and he spins sharply and hits a one-touch pass up to Torres but Azpilicueta anticipates it and intercepts.  7:48PM 1 min Atletico kick off and there's a strange hold-up almost immediately when the players point out a problem with the ball. The game re-starts with a bounce-up and Chelsea hit a crossfield pass from Azpilicueta to Zappacosta who is starting on that side.  He cuts in from the touchline and scythes a hopeful shot over the bar from 25 yards.  7:35PM Those teams in black and white Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses; Hazard, Morata.  Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi.    Atletico get ready, belatedly Credit: Matthew Lewis - UEFA Atletico Madrid Oblak; Gimenez, Savic, Lucas, Filipe Luis; Koke, Thomas, Gabi, Saul; Torres, Griezmann.  Substitutes Miguel Moya, Godin, Carrasco, Correa, Vrsaljko, Vietto, Gameiro.  Referee:Danny Makkelie (Holland). 7:20PM Chelsea team Chelsea team tonight: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Morata. #CHEATLpic.twitter.com/Iyr5KxfW4E— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 5, 2017   7:09PM Team news Still waiting for Chelsea but here is Atletico's starting XI ���� | ALINEACIÓN ¡Mira con qué ONCE jugaremos hoy! ��⚪️��¡Vamos, muchachos!#ChelseaAtleti#AúpaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/84bSwzt4ap— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) December 5, 2017   7:07PM Atletico have arrived late at Stamford Bridge Which accounts for the delay in announcing the line-ups. There is a possibility that the kick-off will be delayed but it will have to be co-ordinated with the Roma v Qarabag kick-off. We'll let you know as soon as we know.  6:38PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of tonight's Group C Champions League tie between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.  Stamford Bridge will be in full voice and you could always join in with the overture before the whole ground succumbs to paeans to celery and the colour blue: Ce sont les meilleures équipes Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The champions! What's the caper? Chelsea are top of Group C before this match and the one between Roma and Qarabag kicks off at 7.45pm at Stadio Olimpico, two points ahead of Roma and four in front of Atlético. Diego Simeone's side have only one forlorn-looking path into the last 16 - an unlikely victory for Qarabag in Foro Italico where the Atlético manager spent four happy years with Lazio combined with beating Chelsea who ruined the Champions League opening night at Wanda Metropolitano when Michy Batshuayi clinched the   comeback from 1-0 down with his 92nd-minute winner.  Michy Batshuayi stabs home Chelsea's dramatic winner against Atletico Madrid in the away fixture  Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images As for Chelsea who are through regardless, the task tonight is to win to make sure they finish top of the group. Because of that shellacking in Rome a draw or defeat tonight coupled with a Roma win would leave them in second place if the head-to-heads need to be employed to separate teams on equal points. Mind you, although finishing second has often written Arsenal's death sentence, finishing first in their group in 2014-15 and 2015-16 did the same for Chelsea when they were paired with PSG two years on the bounce and were knocked out. The last time they went through as group runners-up was eight years ago and though they were drawn against Claudio Ranieri's Juventus, Didier Drogba's late equaliser in the away leg put them on the road to the semi-final. HISTORY �� We’ve faced @ChelseaFC six times and there’s nothing to separate us. 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. 10 goals scored and 10 conceded. #AúpaAtleti#ChelseaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/hrQchj3rcj— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 5, 2017 Finishing second this year could mean last 16 ties against Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Porto which hardly offers a path without prominent obstacles. Should, as seems certain, Atlético Madrid drop into the Europa Leagye, they can take comfort from their memories of winning it in 2012 at the end of  Simeone's first season as manager of the club he loves. Winning it again would be a neat, matching bookend if, as widely rumoured, this proves to be his last season withLos Colchoneros. 

Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 1: Cagey draw leaves Antonio Conte with daunting last 16 prospects

When he looks back on their Champions League progress this year, Antonio Conte will know that it was Chelsea’s chastening defeat in Rome on Halloween that was the root of this minor group stage malfunction that has left them second and worrying about their opponents in the knockout round. Second place in Group C means that Chelsea will face one from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas and possibly Sevilla if they top Liverpool’s group on Wednesday night but even so it is quite an array of opposition that lie in wait. Roma are the group winners and Conte’s team very nearly lost this game, coming from behind after Saúl Niguez had capitalised on some indifferent marking at a corner to plunder a second half goal. It was the twinkling feet of Eden Hazard who brought Chelsea back into the game, the Belgian stroking in the cross that the former Manchester City defender Stefan Savic put into his own goal, and then in the closing stages there were chances to win it. First Alvaro Morata and then his replacement Michy Batshuayi were in on goal but could not beat Jan Oblak and their manager was left to curse and berate his own bench in frustration at the chances that were missed. Atlético Madrid are into the Europa League and there was a chance for Fernando Torres to get one more run-out at Stamford Bridge, bid a fond farewell from the Chelsea fans who liked his unstinting effort but could hardly pretend that they missed him. Even so the lack of ruthlessness in front of goal will be a concern for Conte who will have noted that his attacking players could not deliver despite a series of breakaways in the latter stages of the game. Against the Azerbaijan side Qarabag, Roma prevailed by a single goal at home to take the top place in the group. It was their 3-0 win over Chelsea in Italy in October that was decisive, and still represents Chelsea’s heaviest defeat of the season. The twinkling feet of Eden Hazard got Chelsea back into the game Credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images This feels like the last knockings of a fine Atlético side that have at times defied the duopoly of Spain’s biggest clubs and twice gone close to winning the Champions League on much more limited resources than many of the teams they have beaten along the way. They knocked out Chelsea in 2014 and over the years they have had success while losing many of their best players along the way. More than one of them, of course, has returned but Diego Costa will not be able to play for this side until he is registered at the next transfer window in January. As it was, Atlético were 30 minutes later arriving and two players short of a full regulation Uefa substitutes’ bench. They started with another former Chelsea man, Fernando Torres in attack, back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since he played 17 minutes as a substitute against Norwich City in May 2014. Fernando Torres, back at the Bridge for the first time in more than three years, set up Atletico's goal Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant Torres seemed to be still afflicted with many of the baffling problems that affected him when he was struggling through three and a half fraught years at Chelsea, then as the British game’s most expensive footballer. He still seemed to stumble over the ball at times and his decision-making was not always what might expect but that did not stop him getting himself into the game when he could. Chelsea created limited chances in the first half: a shot from Davide Zappacosta that almost wrong-footed Jan Oblak, and a volley from Alvaro Morata that was pushed over the bar by the Slovenian. In midfield N’golo Kanté was the usual master of the tackle and the breakaway, generally keeping Atletico’s counter-attacking at bay. As it was, Atlético had marginally more of the ball in the first half.   Chelsea 1 - 1 Atlético (Stefan Savic, 75 min) Having looked as if they might be building up to something in the first half, Chelsea were much less impressive after the break. There was a run from Hazard that left the defenders Savic and José María Giménez pointing in the wrong direction, but once again nothing to show for it all at the end while Atlético bided their time and awaited the breakthrough. Torres did eventually come off to a standing ovation all around Stamford Bridge which the 33-year-old seemed to appreciate, reciprocating to all sides of the ground. Moments earlier his dedication to the cause had seen him head a corner from Koke into no-mans’-land at the back post. It was chiefly unoccupied by a blue shirt because Tiemoue Bakayoko had failed to track the run of Saúl who had a free header to guide in past Courtois. Bakayoko let Saul have a clear run at Torres's astute near-post flick on Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It forced Conte to respond and he brought on first Pedro, for the culpable Bakayoko, and then Willian. Christensen had a header saved by Oblak from Cesc Fabregas’ cross. It was another Fabregas cross that led to the equaliser, this time from the right. The ball was cleared as far as Hazard on the edge of the box and he darted in, struck a ball across goal which Savic inadvertently turned past Oblak. They were back in it, courtesy of their main man and chasing the winner that would give them first place in group C. Morata looked unimpressed by the decision to replace him with nine minutes later and bring on Batshuayi but then the Belgian has done enough in the late stages of games to make him a gamble worth taking. Morata had been presented with enough chances, including a chance with just Oblak to beat, made Fabregas, in which the goalkeeper came out comfortably on top. 9:56PM Eden Hazard speaks The only problem, the goalkeeper was on fire. We should score more goals, win the game, finish first in the group. It’s not a problem [next opponents], we are Chelsea. We are a top team, so we can face any team. We can do everything. 9:40PM Full time Chelsea finish second in the group - putting them in jeopardy of drawing PSG, Barcelona. Their only other option wold be Besiktas given they can't play an English club ... or Sevilla if Liverpool horse up tomorrow.  9:38PM 90+3 min Roma have won. Atletico are definitely out but are still trying to go out with a W.  9:37PM 90+1 min Batshuayi wins the ball with his chest 25 yards out, plays a quick one-two and storms down the inside-right channel. He sees a big bullseye over Oblak and under the bar at the far post but chooses to hit it with his right and the side footer bends the ball away from goal at the last.  9:35PM 88 min Moses hangs in to Carrasco's arm and concedes a free-kick 25 yards out, wide on the left. He takes it himself and doesn't beat the first man but in the melee that ensues, Correa goes down and asks for a penalty but all he gets is a corner from Cahill's tackle. Since it touched Correa last, Atletico shouldn't even have go that. But nothing comes from it.  9:32PM 87 min Given that Roma are winning, Chelsea need to score again to win the group and they are pouring men forward.  9:30PM 84 min Correa creates a gilded chance for Atletico with a viciously precise right-wing cross through the six-yard box that is laced past Christensen and Courtois to an unoccupied position at the back post. Had Griezmann smelt its sweet aroma of menace he would have made a back-post run but curiously stood still.  9:28PM 83 min Hazard bombs past Savic on the left and cleaves a lovely pass to Willian 15-yards out. The usually sure-footed attacking midfielder slices his shot over the bar. Had to score.  9:26PM 82 min Chelsea sub: Morata trots off and Batshuayi comes on  9:26PM 81 min Atleti subs: Correa on for Gabi; Vietto for Gimenez. Who is this impostor in the Atletico dugout and what has he done with Diego Simeone? Hazard shoots through Lucas Hernadez's legs and the ball cannons into Stefan Savic and pas Jan Oblak Credit: Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images   9:24PM 79 min Great save by Oblak/appalling miss by Morata after more exemplary work from Fabregas to draw two defenders and play his compatriot through one-on-one with Oblak. He hesitates and allows Oblak the time to gain crucial ground and make himself too huge to beat.  9:20PM GOAL!! Chelsea 1-1 Atletico (Savic og)From Fabregas's corner the ball is headed back to him and he sends in a longer cross over the box to Hazard on the 18-yard line. He twists and bends his run towards the 18-yard box, sweeps a shot towards goal that hit Savic's foot as he lunges to block and that touch dinks it past Oblak.   9:19PM 74 min  Right-wing cross from Pedro headed powerfully by Morata but Oblak knocks out out for a corner.  9:18PM 72 min Substitution for Chelsea. Willian comes on for Zappacosta and Chelsea switch to a back four.   Chelsea vs Atlético shots on goal   9:16PM 70 min Oblak has an egg-sized lump on his cheek after colliding with Gimenez to block Morata's shot. The ball had been played in from the right, Pedro had hung out his right leg and dragged  back a flick with heel. Morata, closed down by Gimenez, managed to stab his shot but the two Atletico men combined tokeep i out - at some physical cost.  9:13PM 69 min Chelsea take the corner quickly, flicking it short to Fabregas who runs unimpeded up the byline and spanks in a cross. Christensen dives to meet it and flashes his header wide of an unguarded net. What a miss that was. A sitter.  9:11PM 68 min Pedro writhes his way into the box from the left, leaves Gimenez trailing, and scoots a crisp shot that is turned behind for a corner.  9:10PM 66 min Griezmann ekes a chink of space in the Chelsea box with a wriggle but slams a left-foot shot high, wide and hideous.  9:09PM 64 min Bakayoko off - having gone to sleep at the corner and let Saul run free, he had better sit as far away as possible from Conte. Pedro replaces him.  9:07PM 62 min Not sure this 3-5-1-1 really works for Chelsea. It gets Fabregas into the side but in Marcos Alonso's absence it places too much creative onus on his replacement Zappacosta.  9:05PM 60 min Chelsea pile forward in numbers and swarm the Atletico box but the visitors defend it well, standing their ground with 'they shalt not pass' resilience.  Saul heads Atletico in front Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville   9:03PM 57 min Atletico sub - Torres off, Carrasco on. Diego Simeone was going to take Gabi off before the corner and did a quick reverse ferret to hook Torres instead. Chelsea's one-time £50m man departs to a standing ovation from both sets of fans.  Chelsea 0 - 1 Atlético (Saúl Ñíguez, 56 min)   9:00PM GOAL!! Chelsea 0-1 Atletico (Saul)Atletico corner, flicked on at the near post by Torres. Saul comes round the back to bang in a header unchallenged after leaving Bakayoko for dust.  8:58PM 53 min Filipe Luis catches his old club by surprise with a snap shot from about 28 yards that bananas and thunders into the foot of the left post. Courtois was beaten but he springs up smartly to catch the Koke headlong header set up by the rebound.  8:56PM 51 min The outswinging corner from the right is spun by Fabregas on to Morata's head 15 yards out and he powers a header up towards the crossbar, hoping it will dip under. But Oblak gets there quickly to catch.  8:55PM 49 min Two quick chances for Chelsea, the first from a left-wing cross from Hazard. Christensen meets it squarely with a powerful header but pings it within Oblak's reach. Then Hazard runs at Savic, twisting him one way and then another with his snake hip shuffle. He shoots and its deflected behind for a corner.  8:52PM 48 min The free-kick is in the centre of goal 25 yards out. Griezmann takes and floats it straight down Courtois' throat.  8:51PM 46 min Atletico move forward, three steps up, two back. No urgency until Christensen pushes Griezmann over. 'Very easy to go to ground aren't they,' says McManaman, once of Real Pot calling Atletico Kettle black.  8:33PM Half time The referee blasts  peep on his Acme Thunderer and ends the half. A few chances for Chelsea but not much quality. Griezmann is wandering all over the shop.   8:32PM 44 min Now Cahill poleaxes Griezmann on the edge of the Atletico box when he shapes to tackle, realised he couldn't get there but couldn't stop his momentum. Wipe out.  8:31PM 42 min Filipe Luis chips a cross towards the penalty spot from the left angle of the box but Griezmnn didn't read his intentions and Cahill puts his size 10 right through it.  8:27PM 39 min Fabregas picks out Bakayoko from the breakdown of the corner after exchanging sharp passes with Hazard and driving into the box. But he's surrounded and pokes his shot wide.  8:25PM 37 min Terrific save from Oblak. Zappacosta had received a torpedo 20-yard pass from Fabregas, cut inside, left Partey trailing and thundered  right-foot shot through a thicket of defenders' legs. It arrowed towards goal an would have whirled in at the left post but Oblak dived full-length to tip it round the post. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:23PM 34 min Hazard drives into the box from the right trying to expose a red card shy Lucas Hernandez but the centre-back gets his toe in and poke it to Greizmann who tries to dribble his way out of trouble. Kante and Bakayoko embark on a rapid search and destroy raid, Bakayoko wins the ball and then skelps a low near-post cross that Oblak dives forward to smother. Chelsea vs Atlético   8:18PM 31 min Great, early pas into the box from Bakayoko tees up Hazard 12 yards out. He meets it with a diagonal run but slices his shot with a swinging right foot. The ball cannons into Morata and ricochets safely upfield.  8:16PM 29 min Chelsea head it clear and Partey meets it on the flush and promptly sends it round the U-bend with a mishit half-volley.  8:14PM 27 min Filipe Luis hangs up a deep cross from the left. Zappacaosta heads it behind instead of letting it float out because he feared Gimenez who was some distance off. A communications crisis. In comes the corner.   8:13PM 25 min Inspired burst from Griezmann menaces the Chelsea back three and draws two close enough to give him the opportunity to slide Torres clear but the No9 rips himself up. 'Boots on the wrong feet tonight, Fernando,' says Steve McManamanamanamanaman. 8:11PM 24 min Another shot from Morata from a tightish angle wide in the left stings Oblak's palms.   8:10PM 22 min Hazard sets off on a run, tacking out towards the right and linking first with Fabregas and then, after winning a throw-in, Chelsea set Moses off on a dart to the byline and into the box. He cuts back a cross to Morata eight yards out and he stabs a low shot straight at Oblak. Look who's here. It's the greatest caretaker since Pinter's Davies ... or Hong Kong Phooey  Owner Roman Abramovich ( shakes hands with former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink  Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images   8:06PM 19 min Silky turn by Morata 20 yards out loses his marker and then he swerves a right-foot dipper just past the post. Oblak was beaten ... but so was the target.  Miss: Chelsea 0 - 0 Atlético (Álvaro Morata, 17 min)   8:04PM 18 min  Lucas Hernandez ends an Eden Hazard break abruptly and with menace, barging the Chelsea playmaker over. Yellow card.   Possession: Chelsea vs Atlético   8:02PM 15 min Three Chelsea players make a well-patrolled near post run as a diversion and Fabregas swings a right-foot cross to the back stick but it sails over Andreas Christensen's head and into Oblak's arms. 8:01PM 13 min Gimenez sticks too close to Morata and bundles him over when the Chelsea centre-forward was juggling the ball 25 yards out and trying to bring it under control on the left. Fabregas will take the free-kick.  7:57PM 11 min The visitors look a million dollars on the ball and 10 million off it but their final pass so far has been shonky. Partey, in a decent position, miscontrols at the apex of a promising, quick surge and Courtois has an easy pick-up.  7:56PM 10 min Deep cross from Gimenez is caught by Courtois and he starts a rapid counter with a throw that comes to naught when Bakayoko loses the ball and Atletico sweep forward.  7:54PM 8 min Atletico string about 40 passes together until Filipe Luis chances a cross from the left that was overhit and lacked bite. Zappcosta collars it and chastises it clear.  7:53PM 7 min Zappacosta hits a blind pass on halfway straight to Torres who plays it back to Savic and Atletico begin to build with a spell of possession.  7:52PM 5 min Torres turns and shoots just inside the box after net work from Partey and Griezmann in tight spaces. Torres's drice hits Azpilicueta on the calf and balloons over the bar for a corner that Chelsea defend calmly and competently.   7:50PM 3 min Gimenez cuts out Cahill's pass intended for Zappacosta and steps out of defence in a confident stride. He shifts the ball slickly up to Griezmann on halfway by the touchline and he spins sharply and hits a one-touch pass up to Torres but Azpilicueta anticipates it and intercepts.  7:48PM 1 min Atletico kick off and there's a strange hold-up almost immediately when the players point out a problem with the ball. The game re-starts with a bounce-up and Chelsea hit a crossfield pass from Azpilicueta to Zappacosta who is starting on that side.  He cuts in from the touchline and scythes a hopeful shot over the bar from 25 yards.  7:35PM Those teams in black and white Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses; Hazard, Morata.  Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi.    Atletico get ready, belatedly Credit: Matthew Lewis - UEFA Atletico Madrid Oblak; Gimenez, Savic, Lucas, Filipe Luis; Koke, Thomas, Gabi, Saul; Torres, Griezmann.  Substitutes Miguel Moya, Godin, Carrasco, Correa, Vrsaljko, Vietto, Gameiro.  Referee:Danny Makkelie (Holland). 7:20PM Chelsea team Chelsea team tonight: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Morata. #CHEATLpic.twitter.com/Iyr5KxfW4E— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 5, 2017   7:09PM Team news Still waiting for Chelsea but here is Atletico's starting XI ���� | ALINEACIÓN ¡Mira con qué ONCE jugaremos hoy! ��⚪️��¡Vamos, muchachos!#ChelseaAtleti#AúpaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/84bSwzt4ap— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) December 5, 2017   7:07PM Atletico have arrived late at Stamford Bridge Which accounts for the delay in announcing the line-ups. There is a possibility that the kick-off will be delayed but it will have to be co-ordinated with the Roma v Qarabag kick-off. We'll let you know as soon as we know.  6:38PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of tonight's Group C Champions League tie between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.  Stamford Bridge will be in full voice and you could always join in with the overture before the whole ground succumbs to paeans to celery and the colour blue: Ce sont les meilleures équipes Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The champions! What's the caper? Chelsea are top of Group C before this match and the one between Roma and Qarabag kicks off at 7.45pm at Stadio Olimpico, two points ahead of Roma and four in front of Atlético. Diego Simeone's side have only one forlorn-looking path into the last 16 - an unlikely victory for Qarabag in Foro Italico where the Atlético manager spent four happy years with Lazio combined with beating Chelsea who ruined the Champions League opening night at Wanda Metropolitano when Michy Batshuayi clinched the   comeback from 1-0 down with his 92nd-minute winner.  Michy Batshuayi stabs home Chelsea's dramatic winner against Atletico Madrid in the away fixture  Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images As for Chelsea who are through regardless, the task tonight is to win to make sure they finish top of the group. Because of that shellacking in Rome a draw or defeat tonight coupled with a Roma win would leave them in second place if the head-to-heads need to be employed to separate teams on equal points. Mind you, although finishing second has often written Arsenal's death sentence, finishing first in their group in 2014-15 and 2015-16 did the same for Chelsea when they were paired with PSG two years on the bounce and were knocked out. The last time they went through as group runners-up was eight years ago and though they were drawn against Claudio Ranieri's Juventus, Didier Drogba's late equaliser in the away leg put them on the road to the semi-final. HISTORY �� We’ve faced @ChelseaFC six times and there’s nothing to separate us. 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. 10 goals scored and 10 conceded. #AúpaAtleti#ChelseaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/hrQchj3rcj— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 5, 2017 Finishing second this year could mean last 16 ties against Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Porto which hardly offers a path without prominent obstacles. Should, as seems certain, Atlético Madrid drop into the Europa Leagye, they can take comfort from their memories of winning it in 2012 at the end of  Simeone's first season as manager of the club he loves. Winning it again would be a neat, matching bookend if, as widely rumoured, this proves to be his last season withLos Colchoneros. 

Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid, Champions League: live score updates

  7:48PM 1 min Atletico kick off and there's a strange hold-up almost immediately when the players point out a problem with the ball. The game re-starts with a bounce-up and Chelsea hit a crossfield pass from Azpilicueta to Zappacosta who is starting on that side.  He cuts in from the touchline and scythes a hopeful shot over the bar from 25 yards.  7:35PM Those teams in black and white Chelsea Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses; Hazard, Morata.  Substitutes Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi.    Atletico get ready, belatedly Credit: Matthew Lewis - UEFA Atletico Madrid Oblak; Gimenez, Savic, Lucas, Filipe Luis; Koke, Thomas, Gabi, Saul; Torres, Griezmann.  Substitutes Miguel Moya, Godin, Carrasco, Correa, Vrsaljko, Vietto, Gameiro.  Referee:Danny Makkelie (Holland). 7:20PM Chelsea team Chelsea team tonight: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Morata. #CHEATLpic.twitter.com/Iyr5KxfW4E— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 5, 2017   7:09PM Team news Still waiting for Chelsea but here is Atletico's starting XI ���� | ALINEACIÓN ¡Mira con qué ONCE jugaremos hoy! ��⚪️��¡Vamos, muchachos!#ChelseaAtleti#AúpaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/84bSwzt4ap— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) December 5, 2017   7:07PM Atletico have arrived late at Stamford Bridge Which accounts for the delay in announcing the line-ups. There is a possibility that the kick-off will be delayed but it will have to be co-ordinated with the Roma v Qarabag kick-off. We'll let you know as soon as we know.  6:38PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of tonight's Group C Champions League tie between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.  Stamford Bridge will be in full voice and you could always join in with the overture before the whole ground succumbs to paeans to celery and the colour blue: Ce sont les meilleures équipes Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The champions! What's the caper? Chelsea are top of Group C before this match and the one between Roma and Qarabag kicks off at 7.45pm at Stadio Olimpico, two points ahead of Roma and four in front of Atlético. Diego Simeone's side have only one forlorn-looking path into the last 16 - an unlikely victory for Qarabag in Foro Italico where the Atlético manager spent four happy years with Lazio combined with beating Chelsea who ruined the Champions League opening night at Wanda Metropolitano when Michy Batshuayi clinched the   comeback from 1-0 down with his 92nd-minute winner.  Michy Batshuayi stabs home Chelsea's dramatic winner against Atletico Madrid in the away fixture  Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images As for Chelsea who are through regardless, the task tonight is to win to make sure they finish top of the group. Because of that shellacking in Rome a draw or defeat tonight coupled with a Roma win would leave them in second place if the head-to-heads need to be employed to separate teams on equal points. Mind you, although finishing second has often written Arsenal's death sentence, finishing first in their group in 2014-15 and 2015-16 did the same for Chelsea when they were paired with PSG two years on the bounce and were knocked out. The last time they went through as group runners-up was eight years ago and though they were drawn against Claudio Ranieri's Juventus, Didier Drogba's late equaliser in the away leg put them on the road to the semi-final. HISTORY �� We’ve faced @ChelseaFC six times and there’s nothing to separate us. 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. 10 goals scored and 10 conceded. #AúpaAtleti#ChelseaAtleti#UCLpic.twitter.com/hrQchj3rcj— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 5, 2017 Finishing second this year could mean last 16 ties against Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Porto which hardly offers a path without prominent obstacles. Should, as seems certain, Atlético Madrid drop into the Europa Leagye, they can take comfort from their memories of winning it in 2012 at the end of  Simeone's first season as manager of the club he loves. Winning it again would be a neat, matching bookend if, as widely rumoured, this proves to be his last season withLos Colchoneros. 

Tutti alle spalle della capolista Inter

L'Inter continua a fare sul serio e si candida sempre di più allo scudetto. I nerazzurri, dopo il travolgente 5-0 al Chievo, hanno scavalcato il Napoli e sono i nuovi leader della Serie A. E sabato sera c'è l'attesissimo big match dello Stadium contro la Juventus. Non lascia la scia delle grandi la Lazio, capace di espugnare per 2-1 in rimonta il campo della Samp nel posticipo domenicale. Per i blucerchiati, invece, è il primo stop casalingo della stagione. Sempre più lontano il Milan, fermato sul 2-2 dal Benevento al 95' grazie allo storico gol del portiere Brignoli. Stasera la 15esima giornata si chiude con Crotone-Udinese e Verona-Genoa.

Tutti alle spalle della capolista Inter

L'Inter continua a fare sul serio e si candida sempre di più allo scudetto. I nerazzurri, dopo il travolgente 5-0 al Chievo, hanno scavalcato il Napoli e sono i nuovi leader della Serie A. E sabato sera c'è l'attesissimo big match dello Stadium contro la Juventus. Non lascia la scia delle grandi la Lazio, capace di espugnare per 2-1 in rimonta il campo della Samp nel posticipo domenicale. Per i blucerchiati, invece, è il primo stop casalingo della stagione. Sempre più lontano il Milan, fermato sul 2-2 dal Benevento al 95' grazie allo storico gol del portiere Brignoli. Stasera la 15esima giornata si chiude con Crotone-Udinese e Verona-Genoa.

Tutti alle spalle della capolista Inter

L'Inter continua a fare sul serio e si candida sempre di più allo scudetto. I nerazzurri, dopo il travolgente 5-0 al Chievo, hanno scavalcato il Napoli e sono i nuovi leader della Serie A. E sabato sera c'è l'attesissimo big match dello Stadium contro la Juventus. Non lascia la scia delle grandi la Lazio, capace di espugnare per 2-1 in rimonta il campo della Samp nel posticipo domenicale. Per i blucerchiati, invece, è il primo stop casalingo della stagione. Sempre più lontano il Milan, fermato sul 2-2 dal Benevento al 95' grazie allo storico gol del portiere Brignoli. Stasera la 15esima giornata si chiude con Crotone-Udinese e Verona-Genoa.

Simone Inzaghi

Simone Inzaghi è la rivelazione in panchina di questa stagione. Nonostante la linea low cost imposta da Lotito, l’allenatore biancoceleste sta facendo ottime cose con la sua Lazio. Corteggiato, non a caso, dalla Juventus che pensa a lui per il dopo Allegri, il tecnico guadagna ogni anno 1,3 milioni. (Foto Twitter)

Serie A, oggi fari puntati sull'Inter

Archiviata la parentesi dedicata alle Coppe europee oggi torna il campionato con 4 anticipi della 14esima di serie A. Spicca Cagliari-Inter alle 20.45 con i nerazzurri che vincendo si godrebbero una notte in solitaria in testa alla classifica. Gli altri anticipi di oggi sono Bologna-Sampdoria alle 15 e Chievo-Spal e Sassuolo-Verona alle 18. Domani il Napoli a Udine, la Juventus ospita il Crotone, la Roma fa visita al Genoa, la Lazio riceve la Fiorentina e il Milan a San Siro con il Torino. Lunedì sera chiude il turno Atalanta-Benevento.

Serie A, oggi fari puntati sull'Inter

Archiviata la parentesi dedicata alle Coppe europee oggi torna il campionato con 4 anticipi della 14esima di serie A. Spicca Cagliari-Inter alle 20.45 con i nerazzurri che vincendo si godrebbero una notte in solitaria in testa alla classifica. Gli altri anticipi di oggi sono Bologna-Sampdoria alle 15 e Chievo-Spal e Sassuolo-Verona alle 18. Domani il Napoli a Udine, la Juventus ospita il Crotone, la Roma fa visita al Genoa, la Lazio riceve la Fiorentina e il Milan a San Siro con il Torino. Lunedì sera chiude il turno Atalanta-Benevento.

Serie A, oggi fari puntati sull'Inter

Archiviata la parentesi dedicata alle Coppe europee oggi torna il campionato con 4 anticipi della 14esima di serie A. Spicca Cagliari-Inter alle 20.45 con i nerazzurri che vincendo si godrebbero una notte in solitaria in testa alla classifica. Gli altri anticipi di oggi sono Bologna-Sampdoria alle 15 e Chievo-Spal e Sassuolo-Verona alle 18. Domani il Napoli a Udine, la Juventus ospita il Crotone, la Roma fa visita al Genoa, la Lazio riceve la Fiorentina e il Milan a San Siro con il Torino. Lunedì sera chiude il turno Atalanta-Benevento.

Juventus' midfielder Douglas Costa from Brazil (right) eyes the ball during the Italian Serie A match against Lazio on October 14, 2017 at the 'Allianz Stadium' in Turin

Juventus' midfielder Douglas Costa from Brazil (right) eyes the ball during the Italian Serie A match against Lazio on October 14, 2017 at the 'Allianz Stadium' in Turin (AFP Photo/MARCO BERTORELLO)

Juventus' midfielder Douglas Costa from Brazil (right) eyes the ball during the Italian Serie A match against Lazio on October 14, 2017 at the 'Allianz Stadium' in Turin

Lega Calcio, accordo tra le big per il presidente: restano fuori Milan e Lazio

10 club di Serie A tra cui Juventus, Inter, Napoli e Roma si sono riuniti per trovare un accordo sulla governance. Tagliate fuori Lazio e Milan.

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