Antonio Conte: Chelsea is prepared to face the best team - FCNaija

Champions League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 07/12/2017

Chelsea manager Antonio Cote is of the opinion that Chelsea is prepared to face the best teams in Europe in the knockout stage of the Champions League after the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Chelsea could face Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, or Besiktas.

"When you go through to the next round in this competition, you must be prepared to face the best teams. We could play against Barcelona, PSG or Besiktas, but we must be ready," Conte told reporters after Tuesday's match.

"This is the best tournament. That's why you want to go through and try and be a protagonist in this tournament. At the same time, our opponents won't be happy to play against us. We'll see what happens."

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Chelsea is the only English team to avoid first place finish in their group, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool progressed to the last 16 as group winners.

Conte said the fact that all five English teams could reach the knockout stages showcases the level of talent in the Premier League but felt some of Chelsea's domestic rivals had easier group fixtures.

"I think it was not simple but easy for a lot of these teams to go into the next round. But, in the future, we have to see. Don't forget, here the season is very tough. You have to play a lot of games," Conte added.

The second round draws will be done on Monday.