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“Very important win” and “big test” - Chelsea reacts to Atleti comeback

Spain Soccer Champions League

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, center, celebrates with his players after Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata scored his side’s first goal during a Champions League group C soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)


Atletico Madrid had lost just one of its last 23 home Champions League matches, but Chelsea made that two in 24.

The Blues trailed 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano, but came back through Alvaro Morata and a Michy Batshuayi stoppage time winner to seize control of Group C before an Oct. 18 visit from AS Roma.

[ RECAP: Atletico Madrid 1-2 Chelsea ]

And if you think the Blues aren’t aware of the victory’s special nature, read on (from the BBC):

  • Eden Hazard: “We are very happy. It was a tough game against one of the biggest teams in Europe. We deserved to win the game. Atletico Madrid defend well and both teams are strong at blocking the attackers.”
  • Alvaro Morata: “It is a very important win for us. It was a big test. Atletico Madrid were in the Champions League final a few years ago and now we can go home relaxed and put this mentality into the Premier League.”

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