Conte to ring the changes and energise tired Chelsea

Conte to ring the changes and energise tired Chelsea

It's frustrating but it's about the team doing well and they've done very well of late. 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. The team is unfazed to face one of the most popular football clubs in the world. "The experience is not easy but all I want is to help the club with my goals and win big trophies".

Costa was not registered for Chelsea's Champions League squad and remains in exile.

The Foxes fought back through a spot kick from Jamie Vardy, however the Blues held out for the remainder of the game and secured another three points.

Chelsea are by far the most successful club in Europe out of the four teams but Madrid have had their fair share of success in recent years.

Despite his caution, Conte will believe that his side can have a deep run in the competition they won in 2012.

"Now all the big players want to win the Champions League".

Speaking ahead of Chelsea's Champions League clash, Conte told the Telegraph: "Eden is in the squad and is working very well towards the best physical condition, but I think he needs a bit more time to continue to improve and to not to take stupid risks with him".

"Still no Diego Costa, he can watch it on the tele like the rest of us".

Eden Hazard, the PFA Player of the Year in 2014-15, was in action today after missing the entire summer and early season due to a broken ankle.

Anton Kanibolotskiy, Qarabag's goalkeeper, might be included in the first 11.

Hazard: If Hazard does return to the starting XI, he will be the key player for Chelsea. I am a professional player and I truly believe it is not going to be a problem.

With this man back in the Chelsea fold, it is imperative that the Qarabag defence stay extra tight. Given the other opponents in Group C, the opening match is already a must-win and Conte will know the importance of hitting the ground running. He likes to control and dictate the game and it's crucial he's at his best against Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. While the Champions League might seem an odd place to blood youth graduates, it was the same stage where Carlo Ancelotti gave Gael Kakuta and Josh McEachran their spurs during his two-year tenure as manager.

Leicester finished the half in encouraging fashion with a succession of corners but Conte's side seized control of the match five minutes after the restart, as Antonio Rudiger teed up Kante to drill right-footed into the bottom-left corner of the net with unerring accuracy from 25 yards out.

Chelsea have failed to reach the knock-out stage of the Champions League just once.

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