Unlike Torres, his compatriot Alvaro Morata has had no problems adapting to life at Chelsea and he showcased his deft touch to make space for a curling shot that flashed just wide.
"We have this really good team, a strong team".
Conte reckons it will take a special effort to be crowned Europe's top dog, despite beating the odds in the Premier League last season.
United won Group A after coming from behind to beat plucky CSKA Moscow 2-1 at Old Trafford to reach the knockout rounds for the first time since 2013-14.
The fact that they cannot play Real Madrid again in the next round probably gives them the most favourable list of potential opponents.
Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid last night, a result that saw them finish second in their group to Roma.
One of the advantages of winning your Champions League group is that this guarantees that a team will not have to play one of the other seven sides who topped their group too.
If goals were the big story of the group, then one record goes against the grain. Jurgen Klopp's side served up a feast of brilliant attacking play.
Former Liverpool and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp also believes the Blues have nothing to fear.
Is Lionel Messi the man to avoid in the Champions League knockout stages? Can you guess their names? However, they will be restricted from being drawn against clubs from their own Football association, as well as the team who finished second in their group. There was more angst to come for Chelsea in the closing minutes when Willian missed a sitter before Michy Batshuayi's stinging strike whistled wide.
Atletico striker Fernando Torres endured a difficult three-and-a-half years with Chelsea, but he came close to giving his side an early lead on his return to west London when his shot deflected onto the roof of Thibaut Courtois' net.
If the rumours are right, that Ballon d'Or will be fully deserved. "New dreams to fight for".
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