UCL: Conte Savours 'Lots Of Goodies' In Chelsea's Win Vs Qarabag

Lynette Rowe
September 13, 2017

From the moment Pedro put them ahead on five minutes, the result did not look in doubt - and summer signings Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko both opened their accounts in a comfortable victory.

Conte left out David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Victor Moses and Alvaro Morata for Tuesday's 6-0 thumping of the Azerbaijan minnow at Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League champions returned to Champions League action against Qarabag after failing to qualify last season and Italian Conte used several second-string players as he rotated his squad and allowed them to show their worth.

"Today I wanted to give an opportunity to Michy and to these players".

"It was a good start, a flawless start for us", Conte said.

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Italy right-back Zappacosta, on his first Blues start, ran 50 yards down the right wing, before sending over a cross that flew past Ibrahim Sehic.

"We must do the best for the player and for the team or otherwise we risk another injury".

"But, that said, I don't see any of our clubs reaching the quarter-finals this season and I certainly don't see any of them having the ability to dominate a semi-final over two games, or to win a final".

And Conte was quick to explain why he gave the likes of Christensen a start. My message tonight was this: I trust all my players, not with only words, but with facts.

Despite Hazard's solid showing as a second-half substitute, Conte admitted it might be too soon for the Belgian playmaker to start against Arsenal.

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