Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Getting Back To Our Best - Cesc Fabregas Hails Chelsea's Thrashing of Qarabag

Getting Back To Our Best - Cesc Fabregas Hails Chelsea's Thrashing of Qarabag

"For the first game in the Champions League I chose to start with rotation".

"I chose to play with a rotation because we have to start the process to improve these players and try to create a good competition between them".

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

Chelsea have two days' additional rest than the Gunners, who play Cologne in the Europa League on Thursday night. Chance to make it five with Arsenal coming to town on Sunday.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has explained why it is so hard for the top teams in England - claiming that it's easier to compete in various competitions around Europe than it is in the Premier League. Our second strings plus a couple of experienced players such as Willian, Christensen, Moses, Zappacosta and maybe Azpilicueta should be good enough to beat Azerbaijanis. The latter is just back from an ankle injury and received a rapturous ovation from a Stamford Bridge faithful grateful for his match-winning talents. A month on and Conte's side have four successive wins. The 2-1 defeat in Denmark was their only loss in the last 20 games in all competitions.

Qarabag were all over the place at the back but to their credit, Gurban Gurbanov's team were doing an effective job in keeping openings down to a minimum.

Predicted XI to face Feyenoord in the Champions League
Although Jonny Evans was a Manchester United player for a long span, that didn't stop Guardiola from trying to sign him. Guardiola praised Toure's role in his side that gave them the balance, experience and control he was searching for.

The Blues - making their return to European competition having failed to qualify last season - rested several first-team players for the visit of the Azerbaijani champions, but still won easily. "A positive competition is very important". "Even in the (Spanish) national team he scored three times so I hope that for Chelsea, he can score a lot of goals", he added. "But this competition is very tough".

Travelling supporters serenaded their record signing with a verse including anti-Semitic reference to Tottenham. There is no grey area.

"People should know that the police will be investigating and they will investigate all future such episodes, and we will support the police in anything that they do, assist their enquiries, and we will also support criminal prosecution of such behaviour and activity".

"We have a zero-tolerance policy".

"We just have to take it game by game now", he continued.

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