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Chelsea ace Hazard: After Atletico Madrid win we're primed for Man City!

Chelsea ace Hazard: After Atletico Madrid win we're primed for Man City!”

Alvaro Morata had added to his impressive start with Chelsea by scoring a second-half equalizer after Atletico had taken the lead before halftime with a penalty converted by Antoine Griezmann.

Diego Costa watched with his head in his hands as substitute Michy Batshuayi netted a stoppage-time victor against Atletico Madrid after the striker's replacement, Alvaro Morata, had cancelled out Antoine Griezmann's opener.

And that has put him well on the way to beating Costa's total of 22 goals for Chelsea last season.

The referee blew the final whistle as Chelsea players were still celebrating.

Hazard, meanwhile, has had to be patient, being slowly eased back into the first team by Conte following his ankle break, but he responded with an inspired showing, finding an instant chemistry with his new strike partner.

Antonio Conte celebrated a flawless Champions League night in Madrid, but then hit out at the fixture scheduling that sees his Chelsea team entertain Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday.

The 2017/18 Champions League Group C clash between Atletico and Chelsea will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 19:45 local time (20:45 CEST).

Indeed, Chelsea's new £55 million striker looked completely unfazed about playing in front of the man he replaced.

Hazard also fed off Morata wonderfully well, very almost opening the scoring with a long-range strike that smashed off the post. "I am very happy".

"His answer was fantastic and positive".

They have made the knockout stage in 13 of their last 14 attempts and they should do so again.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone concurred with the latter assessment after a result that leaves his team with one point from two matches and aiming to play catch-up across a double-header against Qarabag. My players showed me great desire, will and concentration.

"The opponent was the better team, they were the more comfortable team in all moments and deserved to win", he said.

Indeed, against Atletico, Conte's Chelsea sent a message not only to Costa - but all of Europe.



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