Chelsea didn’t need to win Champions League group – Jamie Redknapp




CHELSEA shouldn’t be concerned about not winning their Champions League group last night.

Chelsea shouldn’t worry about not winning their Champions League group

That is according to pundit and former player Jamie Redknapp.

The Blues missed out on top spot in Group C after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid.

Roma’s win against Qarabag means Chelsea’s second-place finish has left them with an awkward set of potential opponents in the next round.

One of Barcelona, PSG or Besiktas await Antonio Conte’s men in the last 16.

But Redknapp believes too much is made of the need to finish top of the group.

“I think so,” he said on Sky Sports show The Debate when quizzed on the subject.

“The year they [Chelsea] won it, they just about scraped through.

“They beat Napoli and ended up winning it.

“I don’t think it makes a great deal of difference.”

And the former Tottenham man insists Chelsea should not fear any opponent in the knockout stage.

“Chelsea shouldn’t fear anyone at the moment,” he added.

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“They’ve got players in form – Morata, Hazard and Cesc Fabregas at the moment.

“There’s a nice balance in their team.

“So I’d be looking at it the other way.

“If I’ve got a team that’s topped the group, I’d be thinking ‘Ah we could draw Chelsea’.”

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