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Some Chelsea players took on social media following the 6-0 victory in their Champions League opener at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro, Cesar Azpilicueta, Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi‘s brace secured Chelsea a comfortable win against the Azerbaijan side.

“A perfect night” Azpilicueta wrote, “an amazing one” added Zappacosta, “we couldn’t start the Champions League any better” said Marcos Alonso.

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Former Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle believes the Blues win tonight vs Qarabag demonstrates that Antonio Conte‘s squad goes very deep this season and this is the reason why Chelsea can compete on four front.

“That’s what you want, competition in every place,” – Hoddle said on BT Sport. – Kante goes off, Bakayoko comes on and scores a goal and looks the part. They’ve got a squad now that goes really deep and they can challenge on four fronts. Probably the Premier League and Champions League are their priorities. But they’ve got the squad now to do that.”

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After the great 6-0 win against Qarabag in Champions League tonight Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reveals that, probably, it’s too early for Eden Hazard to start in next Premier League game against Arsenal.

The Belgian played more than 30′ tonight agains the Azerbaijan side but didn’t seem fully on shape, despite the score was already 3-0 when he came back onto Stamford Bridge pitch:

“It is early to answer this. We must have a bit of patience with him to try to give him the possibility to recover very well and be totally fit.

“This is the right process for him. Don’t forget in the team there are Pedro and Willian that play very well, we must be pleased to see him in the team.

“Now we must have calm and to do the best for the player and team. Otherwise to risk the injury and delay the situation is not good, this process is the right way and good for him.”


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Tiemoue Bakayoko was among the players which found the net in the Champions League opener against Qarabag tonight.

The French scored his firs goal since joining Chelsea this summer from AS Monaco, another summer signing for Antonio Conte. And the manager, when asked about his new midfielder, told the club’s official website: “To score is always important, above all when you play at home in front of your supporters in the first Champions League game. For a young player like him it was very important”.

“Baka is improving his physical condition a lot. He is a strong player, a physical player, and he has to continue to improve and go better in our idea of football. He needs more time than Zappacosta”.

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Chelsea‘s wing-back Davide Zappacosta impressed as he scored an stunning goal in the Champions League opener against Azerbaijan side Qarabag.

Speaking about the Italian international, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said: “He played a really good game but now he has to continue to work to improve. For sure he knew very well my style of football and my idea of football. For this reason, I decided to start with him. He was prepared to play. He played very well”.

Zappacosta made his debut at Stamford Bridge tonight: “For him it was the first appearance at Stamford Bridge. It’s not easy to totally change your sporting life in one week, but the answer was very good. He has said he wanted to cross, but he scored and it’s important for us”.

“I am very pleased with the performance. Now we have to continue in this way with him and the other players. I had a positive answer from my players tonight”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the Blues made a perfect start to the Champions League campaign after beating 6-0 Qarabag at Stamford Bridge tonight.

“It was a good start, a perfect start for us, – Conte told Chelsea’s official website – To play the first game in the Champions League, to win with a good result, to score many goals and finish the game with a clean sheet – I saw a lot of positive things tonight”.

“Now we have to continue, to rest tomorrow, and then start to think about the next game, a tough game against Arsenal.”

Then Conte added: “Our style of football is always like this, to push from the start to the end. We are not good at managing a game and for this reason I prefer to continue to press. Against Leicester it was the same”.

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“It was a good result,” Chelsea boss Antonio Conte told BT Sport after the clash against Qarabag. “We started the Champions League in the right way. – he added – I saw great commitment, focus and concentration right from the start”.

“It was a great performance from the players, a lot of positive things from us”.

When asked about Davide Zappacosta‘s stunning goal from the right flank, Conte said: “Davide played very well and Eden Hazard is trying to find his best form”.

Also Denmark international defender Andreas Christensen was given a chance to improve as he played the whole game as centre-back: “Is very important to give players the opportunity like Christensen. They must understand I trust them. I have 17-18 senior players. Every single player can have a chance to play”.

“I wanted to give a good chance to Michy, and also to Christensen. To play in the Champions League means the coach trusts you. My message tonight was this. I trust all my players, not only with words but with facts”.

“For the first game in the Champions League I decided to start with rotation. Also because we have to start the process to improve our players.

If we think we can play with 13 players like last season, we are crazy. Instead, we have to improve our players and try to create a good competition between them. A positive competition is very important”.

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Everton - London, Britain - August 27, 2017 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring their first goal

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas spoke after last Champions League win against Azerbaijan side Qarabag.

The Blues secured a 6-0 victory at Stamford Bridge: “It’s a good performance, a good result – Fabregas told BTSport after the game – You never know if goals [difference] will count at the end of the group stage. I think it’s a good performance from everyone. We are getting back to our best.

“We rotated five players. We have nine games in 21 days. It’s a difficult period. We weren’t used to this last year as we weren’t in the Champions League.”

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Chelsea‘s starting XI to face Qarabag has been announced. Manager Antonio Conte said earlier this week that he would have considered to change some players as he wants to pick-up the best team.

CHELSEA (3-4-3) Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro

Subs:  Caballero, Rudiger, David Luiz, Moses, Bakayoko, Hazard, Morata

Manager: Antonio Conte

QARABAG (4-2-3-1) – Sehic, Medvedev, Sadiqov, Huseynov, Rzezniczak, Qarayev, Almeida de Oliveira, Guerrier, Marcos Madera, Konzen Medina da Silva, Ndlovu

Subs: Kanibolotskiy, Amirquliyev, Madatov, Elyounoussi, Ismayilov, Yunuszada, Diniyev

Manager: Gurban Gurbanov

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Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola is confident that new Blues’ star Alvaro Morata will make an impact at Stamford Bridge under manager Antonio Conte.

“I know he is a very talented player with amazing skills – he told talkSPORT But he has never been a regular. He played with Juventus and he wasn’t a regular, the same for Real Madrid”.

“Nobody doubts his qualities but he is still young and needs to find consistency because when you play for teams like Juventus, Real Madrid and Chelsea you have to be consistent”.

Zola adds: “Obviously Antonio Conte with his methods, his work ethic, he is helping him a lot and it seems he is going in the right direction”.

“For Chelsea, the main striker is a vital position and if he plays well then Hazard, Pedro, Willian, all the players around him, will play well also”.


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