Chelsea v Qarabag: Champions League

Lynette Rowe
September 13, 2017

Chelsea take on Azerbaijani champions Azerbaijani Qarabag FK tonight as they look to record their third win in a row.

Chelsea did not respond to questions on the absent Brazil-born Spain striker, who has two goals in 15 appearances in the competition for the Blues and is now nearly forgotten.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is eager to remain patient with Eden Hazard after the star attacker continued his return from injury in the Champions League.

"You know very well in this league there are six or seven teams ready to fight not only for the title, but also for a place in the Champions League and the Europa League".

Davide Zappacosta was called a "panic" signing for Chelsea by many observers at the end of the transfer window, with the Italian fullback coming into the club with little heraldry despite being a solid player in Serie A for the last three years.

"We have to develop these players, to try and create a good competition, a positive competition, between them".

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"We must give him the possibility to recover very well, to be totally fit".

'We were playing fantasy football, PlayStation football. "This is the right way, this process is right for him".

One thing does stand, however - Batshuayi is a Champions League goalscorer for the very first time.

"The Champions League has a different feeling to it, compared to other competitions".

Chelsea would have to wait until the 19th minute for their next couple of chances, with Willian's low effort being parried by goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic and into the path of Batshuayi, who fired into the side-netting from an acute angle. "But I am satisfied with the way we played".

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