Davide Zappacosta scores a stunner for Chelsea vs. Qarabag

Pic: ReutersLONDON: Antonio Conte says he is ready to rotate his squad as Chelsea return to the Champions League after a one-year absence with a home clash against Group C outsiders Qarabag on Tuesday.

The Italian said: "You are never relaxed in England, because you have to play a tough league and also in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup". It has back fired for them often in the Champions League.

Qarabag are the champions of Azerbaijan, playing their first ever game in the Champions League proper.

"In England it is not easy to win but I have good players. If you want to do this, you risk a lot", said the former Juventus coach. A year later, his team crashed out at the group stage, losing to Galatasaray when the game was halted by heavy snow in Istanbul.


"If you ask me the chances of last season to win the title in England it was zero".

"Chelsea want to win so we want that atmosphere and that pressure". "It's normal and there is the necessity to do rotation, otherwise you arrive to play the last two games without any energy".

"When you make the decision there is always the risk". The risk could be to play with the same players as against Leicester and then after the game it's "why didn't you change the team that was exhausted?".

"It's not easy adapting to a new country with a different style of play but I am working hard". There is the necessity to rotate and to play game by game. They might be champions of their league but they have not played against opponents of this caliber. "They played like champions today and their mentality was very good and very strong".


Conte has already hinted at possible shuffles in the starting lineup by admitting that he will think of making changes to the squad ahead of Qarabag's visit.

Antonio Conte's Chelsea are in good form right now as they are on a run of 3 convincing wins but are just settling in. The Blues remain England's last Champions League victor and remain the highest-ranked club, in terms of their coefficient, despite a year out of the competition, they have an outside chance of repeating the glory of 2012. You know very well that I love our fans, because they push us a lot during the game.

Qarabag manager Gurban Gurbanov, celebrating a decade in charge of the club this season, has nearly a fully-fit squad to make history on the Stamford Bridge turf tonight, with left-back Ansi Agolli, skipper of the Albanian national team, the only notable absence. We must pay great attention.



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