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.
Azpilicueta saw his run come to an end after he was rested for Chelsea's 1-0 win against Swansea a week ago, a run stretching back to December 2015, although the Spaniard was in good jest about being rotated. "He just didn't see it coming, and in the blink of an eye. back of the net", enthuses Martin Tyler, the commentator.
The anomoly is a result of UEFA's stipulation that a team in the draw for the last 16 cannot face a team from the same country, or a team they have already faced in the group stage. "I want to play every game", Azpilicueta said with a smile after his side's 1-1 Champions League draw with Atletico Madrid.
That player is Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill who has played a pivotal part in the Champions League and Premier League so far.
It was a depressing evening for both clubs at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as neither got what they wanted from their final group fixture.
"This is a fantastic competition, this is the best tournament". We are Chelsea. We can face any team.
The remainder of the possible ties are between 12 percent and 29 percent in probability.
Meanwhile Paco Alcacer, Nelson Semedo and Lucas Digne will all be hoping to start as the coach rotates his squad ahead of next weekend' s visit to face Villarreal.
"You expect to see the very, very big teams later on".
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