Winning Champions League group was not needed according to former Tottenham Hotspur player Jamie Redknapp after Chelsea failed to beat Atletico Madrid at home on Wednesday.
The Blues where held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Diego Simeone’s side last night at Stamford Bridge, which meant that they finish as runners up in group C of the Champions league. Chelsea surrendered the top spot to AS Roma who themselves beat Qarabag to present them with the opportunity of facing a weaker opponent in the round of 16.
The Premier Champions are likely battle it out with either Paris Saint- Germain, Barcelona or Besiktas and Sky Sports pundit Redknapp insists finishing top or second on the group, makes little difference in the fate of an eventual winner.
“I don’t think it makes a great deal of difference. The year they [Chelsea] won it, they just about scraped through. They beat Napoli and ended up winning it.
Chelsea shouldn’t fear anyone at the moment. They’ve got players in form – Morata, Hazard and Cesc Fabregas at the moment. There’s a nice balance in their team. So I’d be looking at it the other way.
Jamie Redknapp, Daily Star
Chelsea have met Barcelona and PSG severally in the Champions League with the Blues enjoying a decent share of victories in those duels.