Audacious strike by Zappacosta as Chelsea put six past Qarabag

CHELSEA-QARABAQ

Chelsea won the Premier League last season without any European distractions - thanks to their 10th placed finish the season before.

Conte told a news conference on Monday afternoon: "It's very important to have experience as a player and also as a coach in this competition because you understand the level". In my past sometimes before a Champions League game I could rest players.

It was some way, too, for 2012 champion Chelsea to announce its return to the Champions League after failing to qualify last season.

Alan Pardew believes that Chelsea can make great inroads in the Champions League this season after dismantling Qarabag 6-0 in their opening group game of the campaign. "For sure he knew very well my style of football and for this reason I made a decision to start with him", Conte said.

Blues boss Antonio Conte said: 'I think with Eden, we must have a bit of patience with him'. He gave me the confidence to play in the position. Just like Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko marked his Champions League debut for Chelsea with a goal in the 71st minute after coming off the bench.

"I think it was a flawless start for us to play our first game in the Champions League and win with a good result and score many goals", said Conte.

"He scored and that's important us but I'm more pleased for his performance". For the first game in the Champions League, I chose to start with rotation. Otherwise we risk a bad injury to delay the situation.

"We have to be on top, and as the coach says eat well and sleep well, and try to recover well for Sunday".

'This is the right process for him. The Azerbaijani side defeated FC Copenhagen in the play-off round to book a place in the group stages.

"It's true they have lost two games already but we are focused on doing our game in front of our fans at Stamford Bridge".

"A lot of positive things from us".

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