Conte immediately restored Azpilicueta to his team for Saturday's win over Newcastle and the visit of Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, and after the match the Spaniard revealed that he hopes to embark on an even longer streak. So United, City and Spurs know they will be up against teams who finished second.
The English have never had five teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Are there any other restrictions? Also, teams from the same country and ones from the same group are not allowed to play each other until the quarterfinals. Atletico had to win to have a chance of advancing, but although Saul Niguez's second-half header put the visitors ahead, Chelsea drew level through a Stefan Savic own goal. In each of the last three seasons, one Premier League club has been eliminated in the group stage. Furthermore, only four times in the last 14 years has a full complement of La Liga teams reached the last 16.
As a reminder, here are just a few of the scores from the competition this season: Maribor 0 Liverpool 7; Paris Saint-Germain 7 Celtic 1; Chelsea 6 Qarabag 0; APOEL 0 Real Madrid 6.
The regulars in the last 16 such as Bayern Munich, Juventus and PSG passed their respective tests and Basel, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Besiktas and Porto all continue on into the next round too.
However, with the competition now taking a break until February, domestic matters are at the forefront of Azpilicueta's mind, with Chelsea currently 11 points behind Manchester City and three behind Manchester United in third place in the Premier League, while they also face Bournemouth in the EFL Cup quarter-finals this month before they enter the FA Cup in January.
Liverpool (if second): Roma, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas.
Bayern had already qualified for the knockout stages prior to the win, but PSG won the group courtesy of a superior head-to-head record.
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