Blues boss to rotate squad for Champions League opener

Kante scored Chelsea's second goal with a long-range strike five minutes into the second half

Chelsea were soon back among the goals, though, as Bakayoko and Batshuayi both scored inside the final 20 minutes to turn the game into a rout. "We were at the start of our path".

Coutinho missed Liverpool's opening league fixtures and their Champions League qualifiers due to a back injury but featured in Brazil's 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

Qarabag main threat will come from South Africa global Dino Ndlovu, The powerful striker will be looking to hold up the ball and bring teammates into play when they face Chelsea tonight.

"There were lots of positives".

"I am happy for this because we are working a lot with him. They must understand I trust them".

'It was a good result.

"You never know if these goals can count [for something] at the end of the group stage". Our second strings plus a couple of experienced players such as Willian, Christensen, Moses, Zappacosta and maybe Azpilicueta should be good enough to beat Azerbaijanis. "But I am satisfied with the way we played".

Conte rotated his options for the second of seven games in September. It's a hard period. The Champions League is a competition that a year ago wasn't there.

That Roma and Atletico Madrid drew in the other game will only have added to their pleasure on a night that was all about how many they scored.

Zappacosta's 30th-minute strike was the highlight.

Conte was also encouraged by Zappacosta's first start following his deadline day move from Torino.

It appeared to be an attempted cross which, for him and Chelsea, was wonderfully miscued.

"For the first game in the Champions League I chose to start with rotation".

The France worldwide completed an £89 million return to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 in the knowledge that he would have to make do with Europa League competition. Playmaker Eden Hazard is likely to continue as a substitute after only recently returning from a broken ankle, but Conte is likely to switch personnel due to the domestic challenges which await.

Morata opened the scoring for Chelsea in their victory over Leicester on Saturday, but the match was marred by the chant which contains an anti-Semitic reference to Chelsea's cross-city rivals Tottenham.

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