Cesar Azpilicueta has accepted that nobody is guaranteed a place in the Chelsea starting lineup after sitting out last week's midweek clash against Swansea City. "I never thought about the amount of games I played in a row - all 90 minutes", he told The Mirror.
The Blues will face West Ham United in the league on the weekend at the London Stadium and will be hoping for a win to keep up the pace with the Manchester clubs, who face each other on Sunday. "Nevertheless, to come from behind and draw 1-1 is okay, but like I said, we should have won".
"We have to be prepared for anyone".
"It was more physical back when I signed but for the players now it is a bit less".
It will reveal who Chelsea and the four other Premier League sides will face in the next round.
Chelsea started their campaign in the Champions League on a really positive note, though they failed to finish the group as the leaders, due to the huge loss to AS Roma and draw against Atletico Madrid. If we finished first, we could also face big teams.
Chelsea had dominated against Atletico until the opening goal, with Alvaro Morata going close and Hazard almost weaving through the visiting defence.
"You expect to see the very, very big teams later on".
"They beat Napoli (in the Round of 16) and ended up winning it. I don't think it (topping the group) makes a great deal of difference".
Azpilicueta rarely exhibits signs of fatigue on the pitch, and he would not be drawn on whether he felt that he needed a rest.
Atletico Madrid will be missing from the Champions League knockout phase for the first time in five years.
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