Blues boss to rotate squad for Champions League opener

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said the Blues must take their time to get ready by playing well against lower-ranked teams before getting ready for big guns Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus on their return to the Champions League.

"Hazard is an important player for us and we play with our team and we are forced to play without him because of injury. You want to play these kind of games because every time you play in the Champions League it's a big game and everybody is watching you, so yeah we are happy to be back". After the goal he scored against Qarabag in the Champions League, though, a lot of his doubters will be silenced.

Eden Hazard, just back after a broken ankle, is set to start on the bench with Alvaro Morata expected to take a breather. It's not easy to win, so you should always grasp the chance to win it, ' Bakayoko said. The Blues remain England's last Champions League victor and remain the highest-ranked club in terms of their coefficient.

'It is not important for me if somebody is saying we are not favourites or we are not so strong to play in the competition.

Goals from Pedro, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta were more than enough to get Chelsea the three Champions League points tonight against Qarabag, who posed very little threat throughout.

Atletico know what it takes to win a European crown after lifting the Europa League trophy in 2010 and 2012, though Chelsea remain the only team in the group to win the Champions League. In England it is not easy to do this.

New signing Danny Drinkwater has been ruled out after injuring his calf in training on Sunday.

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Head coach Antonio Conte has Champions League pedigree as a player, reaching four finals, winning once.

"I must be realistic, I must be calm, to make the best decision for these seven games".

"Now we are starting to play the Champions League".

"We are ready and for this reason I need to rotate all my squad".

"He's improving a lot but don't forget Morata played a whole game with Spain and then the whole game against Leicester".

Vardy must be an angry man these days since many of his teammates who helped Leicester City win the 2015-2016 League title have left.

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