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

Half-time: Chelsea 2 Qarabag 0 - Freak goal puts Blues in command

Half-time: Chelsea 2 Qarabag 0 - Freak goal puts Blues in command

Chelsea FC's coach Antonio Conte has described Azerbaijani FC Qarabag as "a good team" as he conducted his first Champions League press conference since taking the reins at Stamford Bridge.

It was a great day for Chelsea's latest addition, Davide Zappacosta who scored a screamer of a goal and Michy Batshuayi scored twice as Chelsea equalled their biggest Champions League win with a thrashing of competition debutants Qarabag.

Blues boss Antonio Conte used the lead to rest some legs, with Eden Hazard and Bakayoko replacing Pedro and N'Golo Kante. I saw a lot of positive things.

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"Davide Zappacosta played a really good game tonight but he must continue to work to improve", Conte said in his post-match analysis.

We started the Champions League in the right way.

"They must understand I trust them". The Italy right-back capped a lung-bursting run with a cross that flew in for Chelsea's second goal.

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They also have been placed in a Champions League group stage which will very much favour them as they will play against the likes of Basel, CSKA Moscow and Benfica. "For sure he knew very well my style of football and for this reason I made a decision to start with him", Conte said.

While Collymore does not think that the Red Devils can win Europe's premier club competition this season, he does think that they have what it takes to beat their Premier League rivals. I have 17-18 senior players.

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