Griezmann eyes qualification despite Atleti's Qarabag stumble

As Atletico Madrid was held to a damaging Champions League draw at Qarabag, Antoine Griezmann insists it did not underestimate the host.

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann believes his team can make it to the next stage despite a lacklustre start to its Champions League campaign.   -  Twitter @atleti

Antoine Griezmann says Atletico Madrid knew it would not have it all its own way at Qarabag, even if he was disappointed to see his side's Champions League hopes dealt another blow.

Atleti now has just two points from its opening three games in Group C, having drawn with Roma and lost to Chelsea prior to the potentially costly stalemate in Azerbaijan.

The spirited home side had chances of its own to claim all three points, but Griezmann insists he and his team-mates did not underestimate Qarabag as they remain determined they can qualify.

"It was never a given we'd win here," he said. "[Qarabag] are strong and we need to carry on working in order to score more goals.

"We made chances but knew it would be hard, that they'd drop deep and we need to be more efficient because we had our opportunities and we need to take them.

"We've still got three games to qualify and we'll fight to the end."

However, midfielder Gabi conceded that Atleti faces a tough task to progress now, as it will likely require a trio of wins.

"In the first-half we had chances, while in the second period we tried but just couldn't score," he added. "This is a tough place to come and we didn't get the win.

"We had problems in front of goal. We had chances but they got a good point. We need to win the three games we have left."

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