Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Antonio Conte delighted with 'perfect' Chelsea after Qarabag win

Antonio Conte delighted with 'perfect' Chelsea after Qarabag win

The Belgium worldwide took another significant step towards full fitness after suffering a broken ankle at the end of last season in the win over Qarabag, coming on as a 58th minute substitute to add to the 12 minutes he played against Leicester on Saturday.

"Chelsea look as good as previous year going into the Champions League in my opinion". In my past sometimes before a Champions League game I could rest players.

With those key players kept fresh and Eden Hazard coming off the bench for only his second appearance since close-season ankle surgery, Conte is confident Chelsea will go into their London derby in good condition to claim three valuable points.

Arsenal fans won't be too pleased to see Chelsea's line-up in their Champions League opener against Azerbaijani side Qarabag.

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

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Conte added: "We must have a bit of patience with him and to try to give the possibility for Eden to recover very well".

Following last night's convincing win, the 30-year-old said: "We are just focusing on Arsenal now which is a tough, tough game on Sunday".

"We must be calm and to do the best for the player and for the team. To score many goals, to win and to have a clean sheet - I saw a lot of positive things tonight", Conte said.

"We have been waiting for a long time to be back playing in the Champions League", he told BT.

The Italian, signed on deadline day from Torino and making his Champions League debut, struck from wide on the right. "Otherwise we risk a bad injury".

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Conte's Chelsea side return to Premier League action on Sunday with a crunch clash against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

'This is the right process for him.

Qarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov said: "The game was very hard for us". He is very good with and without the ball.

"We made lots of errors and I accept we must play even better".

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