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Antonio Conte: I want Champions League group win

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Chelsea host Atletico Madrid tomorrow night with their place in the knockout stages already confirmed.

The Blues are top of Group C and a win will guarantee first place.

A draw won’t be enough – if Roma beat eliminated Qarabag in the section’s other game.

Despite Juventus, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid all lying second in their groups, Conte is still eyeing a top of the table finish.

“If you arrive first, you could then get teams like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus. It doesn’t change a lot if you arrive first or second,” he said.

Antonio Conte

The most important thing is to reach the next stage, but for our mission and our confidence, it would be right to win and arrive first.

“I think this game is important because we are playing against Atletico Madrid and they have shown in the past to be an important team in this tournament.

“Now there is a risk they will be eliminated, but we have to play a good game, to improve our confidence, and because we want to reach the first position in our group.”

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Eden Hazard is in red-hot form for Chelsea and likely to start tomorrow at Stamford Bridge.

Despite his blistering run of form, Conte thinks there is more to come from the Belgian.

“I don’t think Eden Hazard is in the peak of his career,” he said. “I think he has a lot of improvement.

He is a young player and it is important for him to work, work, work and show dedication to improve himself.

‘You are at the top when you win the Ballon D’Or, when you win the Champions League, when you win the World Cup and so on. In that moment you are at the top, otherwise you are only a great player.”

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