Chelsea’s Antonio Conte warns Atlético Madrid to prepare for Europa League

• Chelsea manager Conte says he ‘respects’ Spanish opponents
• Antoine Griezmann back in form and threat to league champions

Antonio Conte was in bullish mood before Chelsea’s final Champions League group fixture, telling opponents Atlético Madrid: “You may be in good form, but so are we.”

Atlético have reached the Champions League final twice in the past three seasons and are unbeaten domestically, but even victory might not be enough to see them qualify for this year’s knockout stages. Chelsea beat Atlético 2-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano in September and Conte warned his rival that “playing the Europa League can happen”.

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