Chelsea's Champions League return was 'perfect', says Antonio Conte

Lynette Rowe
September 13, 2017

The Belgium global took another significant step towards full fitness after suffering a broken ankle at the end of last season in the win over Qarabag, coming on as a 58th minute substitute to add to the 12 minutes he played against Leicester on Saturday.

You can't expect to play 60 games or so. They must understand I trust them.

'I think with Eden, we must have a bit of patience with him, to try to give the possibility for Eden to recover very well and be totally fit, ' said Conte.

Chelsea, who beat Qarabag 6-0 in the Champions League last night, host their London rivals in Sunday's early Premier League kick off.

With that in mind, Blues boss Antonio Conte has rested a number of key players on Tuesday ahead of Sunday's London derby against Arsenal. We have to start a process to improve our players.

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"In this position as a central defender he is one of the best in the world. A positive competition is very important". For the first game in the Champions League, I made a decision to start with rotation.

'I think it was a good start, a flawless start, for us to play our first game in the Champions League and win with a good result.' said the Italian.

Cesar Azpilicueta, playing in a back three, demonstrated his attacking threat when he headed in the third 10 minutes into the second half after being left unmarked to meet Cesc Fabregas' cross.

The Azeris, who have won their domestic championship for the last four years, were given little room and time to produce their best football.

"Bakayoko turned provider for back-up striker Michy Batshuayi to score his first goal of the season, and the rout was completed when Zappacosta set up Batshuayi for an effort that went in off Maksim Medvedev for an own-goal". The Azerbaijani side defeated FC Copenhagen in the play-off round to book a place in the group stages.

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