Blues boss to rotate squad for Champions League opener


Hazard then played 12 minutes from the bench in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win at Leicester City, but Conte is adamant that he is going to be as patient as he needs to be to allow his star man to come back into the fold gradually.

They will be full of confidence following their qualification into this years Champions League, beating Copenhagen on away goals to reach the group stage; an awesome achievement for FK Qarabag. Bet365 rate Morata first or last goal scorer at 12/5.

"In the past before a Champions League game I sometimes rested players".

He wants to make his mark with Chelsea, the 2012 European champions, but knows it will take time. To win such a competition there is a need to work very hard, but we must be proud to play in a competition like the Champions League.

"We must understand we are starting a path. To play seven games in 21 days is not easy", he said. He should lead the line in all of Madrid's Champions League group matches should he remain fit.

"He is improving a lot but he played the whole game with Spain and then the whole game against Leicester. If you lose, it was the worst decision".

'I covered Chelsea at the weekend and they were very impressive, ' Arsenal legend Nicholas told Sky Sports.

That embarrassing exit remains Conte's last experience of the Champions League, but he will end that wait tonight when Chelsea host Azerbaijan minnows Qarabag in their Group C opener.

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Defender and club captain Gary Cahill is back in contention after a three-game domestic ban.

Conte also explains why the game against Qarabag will be a tough one for his team at the start of their Champions League campaign. Which is amongst some of the very best teams and we're looking forward to testing ourselves.

'Compared to other leagues, is it a factor they have a break in the winter? The teams from the third bracket will be competing at the Stamford Bridge.

FK Qarabag are one of the more unknown sides in this year's tournament, however like Chelsea, they are also in good form.

It is the first time Chelsea will play opponents from Azerbaijan when they play Qarabag.

Eden Hazard had an average shot accuracy of 55% in the Premier League last season.

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