Chelsea players must fight for places in rotated team: Conte

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

Goals from Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi (2) gave Chelsea a comfortable 6-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. We have to develop these players, to try and create a good competition, a positive competition, between them. "To play the first game of the Champions League, then to win with a good result, to score many goals, to finish the game with a clean sheet".

And during the wild celebrations in the Chelsea dugout, David Luiz and Willy Caballero were seen joking with Moses, presumably telling him that his days on Conte's right flank may be numbered after Zappacosta's thunderbolt.

"It was a good start, a ideal start for us", Conte said.

It was an easy start for the 2012 Champions League winners against a side making their first foray into Europe's elite competition.

The Blues - making their return to European competition having failed to qualify last season - rested several first-team players for the visit of the Azerbaijani champions, but still won easily.

The gifted Belgian, at the heart of Chelsea's Premier League success last season, is still not back to full fitness after injuring his ankle playing for his country last June.

"For Eden Hazard it's early".

"It's very important to give players the opportunity like Andreas Christiansen. Now we have to rest and get ready for a tough game against a strong Arsenal team".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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