Champions League: Antonio Conte to rotate Chelsea squad


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte should not chop and change his line-up against Qarabag and instead pick a full-strength team in order to put the Azerbajani outfit "to the sword", according to former Blues assistant manager Ray Wilkins. "We're going to attack as well". The Premier League champions addressed the chant following the win at the King Power Stadium and did so again on Monday.

"Now we are starting to play the Champions League". Remember before winning a competition you need to work very hard and improve every year step by step, and arrive then to be ready for Real Madrid or Bayern Munich or Juventus.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident his squad can cope with a far busier September than past year. For this reason, it's normal to prepare some rotations. If you win, it was the best decision.

"When you play against a medium team you know you risk losing the game [in England]".

Qarabag are clearly the underdog against Chelsea, but that does not mean they can not play the role of spoiler as well.

The midfielder Danny Drinkwater is unavailable, with the extent of his calf injury sustained in training on Sunday still to be determined. Davide Zappacosta may make his first Chelsea start in order to give Victor Moses' legs a rest.

The Blues' return to Champions League action, falls within a gruelling September run of seven matches in 21 days across three competitions.

"Yeah, this year (to win it) is important".

The club skipper is set to return at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday having been kicking his heels since being sent off 14 minutes into Chelsea's shock opening day Premier League defeat by Burnley, resulting in a three-match ban.

'There is always a great appetite for the Champions League, it's a great competition to be involved in, ' he added.

Travelling supporters serenaded their record signing with a verse including anti-Semitic reference to Tottenham.

Alvaro Morata is proving himself to be a competent goal scorer for Chelsea, but only when using his head. The team is unfazed to face one of the most popular football clubs in the world. "For us as a team it is important to see we are improving but if Morata scores I am also happy to see that".

Hazard is aware that with more glamorous fIxtures to come against Atletico Madrid and Roma, getting a good start tonight is vital.