Chelsea Vs Atletico Madrid: Five Things We Learned As Conte's Team Eliminate La Liga Giant

Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday (December 5) saw Antonio Conte's team advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League as runner-up in Group C and eliminate the Spanish club.

Koke opened the scoring for the visitor 11 minutes into the second half, with Eden Hazard's shot deflecting off Diego Godin and past Jan Oblak. Roma's victory over Qarabag saw the Italian team progress as group winners.

Here, Newsweek guides you through the main talking points of the night:

Conte's Team Faces Nightmare Draw

With Roma beating Qarabag at the Stadio Olimpico, Chelsea's point at Stamford Bridge meant Conte's team progress to the knockout stages as runner-up in Group C.

Though some of the Champions League's strongest teams have faltered this year, meaning Chelsea will avoid Conte's former team Juventus, plus Bayern Munich and likely Real Madrid, the teams left are daunting.

Due to the rule that teams from the same nation cannot meet in the last-16 stage, Chelsea is odds on to face either Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain in the first knockout round.

Torres Proves Pivotal in Chelsea Return

Torres, once Chelsea's most expensive player and a part of its victorious European Cup campaign in 2012, was returning to Stamford Bridge for the first time since he left two years ago. His was the best chance of the first half for the visitor, and it came early on as the Spaniard hit a shot on the turn that deflected off Cesar Azpilicueta and over Thibaut Courtois' bar.

Following that, Torres was on the periphery of the game until the 56th minute, until his final touch of the game. An outswinging corner was flicked on by Torres toward the back post and nodded in by Koke to see Atletico lead.

There was applause from all around the ground as Torres was replaced by Yannick Carrasco. Although not the force they hoped for, he is remembered fondly here.

Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge, London, England, December 5. Clive Rose/Getty

Christensen Sturdy in Defense, a Danger in Attack

Conte's decision to drop David Luiz in favor of Andreas Christensen continues to be vindicated. The young Dane has brought a calmness to Chelsea's defense, an assured figure in the back-three.

But, in recent weeks, he has shown himself to be more than that. Against Newcastle here on Saturday, the 22-year-old came close to scoring his first goal for Chelsea with a header that came crashing back off the post.

His aerial threat caused problems for Atletico as well On two occasions, Christensen should have headed past Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak. His first attempt was straight at the Atletico goalkeeper and the second, a diving header, was put just wide.

Oblak Among World's Best With Courtois

In the end, it took one of his colleagues to beat him. Oblak, considered one of the world's best between the posts, was in fine form once again on Tuesday night, proving to be one of the key figures in keeping Atletico competitive in this game.

But for Oblak, Morata could have had a hat-trick, adding to his already impressive return of 10 goals since joining Chelsea. He denied Davide Zappacosta's low drive, Christensen's header.

Oblak was the man to succeed Courtois after he finished a three-year loan spell in the Spanish capital. It seems Atletico has an eye for top-class goalkeepers.

Conte Meets His Match in Simeone

Given what was at stake for Atletico, while Chelsea was already through, it was no surprise that Diego Simeone was the more energetic manager on the touchline. Energetic may rather be an understatement.

Simeone, the Argentinean coach, hopped down the touchline. He berated every player in his team, barking at the coaching staff behind him, and anyone else who would listen. Even Conte looked over in astonishment. He had met his match.