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13 September 2017, 06:35 | Charlene Valdez

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A classy finish from Pedro, followed by a wonder strike from Zappacosta put Chelsea 2-0 ahead in the first half at Stamford Bridge.

Giving his understudies a chance for valuable game time was an added bonus for Conte, who said: "I wanted to give a chance to Michy and also to Andreas Christensen". We are getting back to our best.

César Azpilicueta extended Chelsea's lead just 10 minutes into the second half, before three goals in the space of 11 minutes, coming from Tiémoué Bakayoko, Michy Batshuayi and a Maksim Medvedev own goal rounded off a near ideal evening at Stamford Bridge.

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

'Last season Azpi was one of the most important players for us, ' the Italian said.

With the game sealed, Eden Hazard, yet to start this season for the Blues after an ankle injury, was given 32 minutes to boost his match fitness before Sunday's game against Arsenal.

"As a player, you want to be in the Champions League, but past year we just had to watch it on the television", he added.

"We rotated five players".

"When you are here the players want to fight to try to win it, maybe because we are not in (mainland) Europe". So, if I have to choose between the two, it would be the Champions League.

"You know very well that I love our fans because they push us a lot during the game but I think we must pay great attention in the future".

"That might sound a bit barmy, given the fact Liverpool have dipped in and out of the top four in recent years and haven't had too much Champions League action of late".

While Qarabag look like being the whipping boys of Group C, Chelsea's other opponents are seasoned European heavyweights Atletico Madrid and Roma. The English champions proved a different proposition, despite Conte rotating his options for the second of seven matches in September. "For sure he knew very well my style of football and for this reason I made a decision to start with him", Conte said.

N'Golo Kante's importance in any team can not be taken for granted as his contribution helped Leicester and Chelsea win the league titles.

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