Analysing Chelsea's Champions League group stage opponents

Analysing Chelsea's Champions League group stage opponents

Analysing Chelsea's Champions League group stage opponents

Conte won three Serie A titles during his time in charge at Juventus and has already lifted the Premier League title.

Playmaker Hazard is likely to continue as a substitute after only recently returning from a broken ankle, the Belgian having stepped off the bench for the latter stages of the win over Leicester.

That embarrassing exit remains Conte's last experience of the Champions League, but he will end that wait tonight when Chelsea host Azerbaijan minnows Qarabag in their Group C opener.

"Don't forget last season, at the start of the season, no one person said Chelsea could win the league". I must be realistic, I must be calm, to make the best decision for these seven games.

Chelsea are back in the Champions League for the first time since the 2015-16 season, and they are back with a vengeance.

"We played a tough game (at Leicester) and spent a lot of energy". I want to win this trophy because all the big players want to lift this trophy.

"But in terms of the effort and commitment of the players so far I am very happy". "You are never relaxed in England".

Conte also hinted that top scorer Alvaro Morata will be rested for the game against the Champions League minnows, saying: "I think is playing very well, scoring and involved in our style of football".

"It's normal to rotate players when you have to play seven games in 21 days".

The midfielder picked up the injury in training on Sunday, but Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte otherwise has a fully fit squad to choose from and hinted he will rotate his players. "That isn't a good feeling", Hazard added. "However, I know many of their players because when I was training Italy we faced Azerbaijan, and numerous players are on the national team".

'I would choose the Champions League because it is an exceptionally hard competition. "It will be good to see him again", the Poland defender said.

"This year is really important (in the Champions League)", Hazard was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror after Chelsea's 2-1 win over Leicester on Saturday.

Chelsea will support criminal prosecutions and take the "strongest possible action" if any supporters are found to have used anti-Semitic language.

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