Chelsea's Champions League return was 'perfect', says Antonio Conte

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

Either way, a fine way to mark your full debut.

It is a dilemma Conte was spared last season when he masterminded Chelsea's Premier League title triumph in his first season coaching in England - a legacy of a 10th placed finish the year before which captain Gary Cahill calls "a freak". It's not a shot most fullbacks even try - in fact, some fans thought it was meant to be a cross at first - but Zappacosta made it look easy. A month on and Antonio Conte's side have four successive wins.

Chelsea next play Atletico Madrid with the saga surrounding Diego Costa rumbling on, before home and away clashes with Roma.

"We just have to take it game by game now", he continued. "Instead we changed totally the opinion of the people". "He has said he wanted to cross, but he scored and it's important for us". "My message tonight was this". I know a lot of their players very well because I played against Azerbaijan in qualifying when I was Italy coach. "Now we must be calm and do the best for the player and the team, otherwise we risk a bad injury and delaying the situation".

Conte won the Champions League as a player with Juventus in 1996 and twice led them into the competition as manager, losing to eventual winners Bayern Munich in 2012-13. "Davide Zappacosta played very well".

The goals were spread through the team, although the strength of the performance has to be countered with the defensive ineffectiveness of a Qarabag side showing its inexperience.

The Azeri champions were never any match for their English counterparts and it took only five minutes for Pedro to open the scoring with a curling shot from the edge of the area.

Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi added a goal in the 76th and Chelsea's sixth was an own goal by defender Maksim Medvedev six minutes later.

'We were playing fantasy football, PlayStation football. "He needs more time than Zappacosta".

Capitalising on slack Qarabag defending, French midfielder Bakayoko grabbed his first Chelsea goal, slotting home from Hazard's cross. The club originated in the city of Agdam, a city which has been abandoned since the Nagorno-Karabakh War of the early 1990s.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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