'Calm' Chelsea boss Antonio Conte set to rotate for Champions Leaguetilt

Conte ‘Dream' Chelsea star one of the world’s best

The Belgian global, who scored 16 goals in 36 appearances in the Blues' Premier League title-winning campaign last term, made his first appearance of the new season as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

A good start will definitely be the message from Antonio Conte, knowing that an early goal or two may indeed kill off the team from Azerbaijan.

I had the chance to play with my national team and did a good job there (over the worldwide break) and for the last month I've just been working hard to be fit,"he added". There are less games in the Champions League but when you reach the latter stages the competition is very strong'.

When asked if he will be taking a big risk by leaving out key players like Morata and Hazard, Conte added: "I think when you make the decision there is always a risk". The deadline day arrivals of Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater were very welcome and Antonio Conte certainly has more options at his disposal now than at the start of the season.

Gurban Gurbanov, like his counterpart, has a clean bill of health going into the game. When he scores, we win the game so I think he is good.

Morata, meanwhile, has told Chelsea supporters to "respect everyone" after the club condemned a song about the Spaniard that includes an anti-Semitic slur. Who knows, but we're more than capable of competing at this level. He could make his first start in the group opener against Qarabag on Tuesday.

Gurbanov knows well enough that their side are huge underdogs going into the game and is likely to set up his side accordingly. And of course, they eradicated any lingering resentment by somehow defeating Bayern Munich on their own patch in 2012 to create history and give those who were clad in blue at the Allianz Arena the greatest night of their lives.

Andreas Christensen was another positive as he looked assured and composed throughout, despite only being 21-years-old.

"We have to stay positive as a group because we knew that the first six games were going to be hard as we play last year's top four and champions", said Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare. He will need to produce the performance of a lifetime to keep out the attacking threats from Qarabag's group opponents. The Blues are heavy favourites for the game on sports betting websites like Sun Bets, where you can place bets on multiple markets and in different sports.

Conte has had two Champions League campaigns as a manager with Juventus.

The home side were the better team after pulling a goal back but could not fashion an equalising goal.



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