Chelsea without Drinkwater for Qarabag visit


"You are never relaxed in England because you have to play a tough league and also FA Cup and also Carabao (League) Cup. It's always been my dream to play in the Champions League and win it". In England it is not easy to do this. "You risk a lot". 'Last season when I watched the games, as a player you want to be involved. You know very well in this league there are six or seven teams ready to fight not only for the title, but also for a place in the Champions League and the Europa League. A look at betting odds at betting sites such as shows Chelsea is odds on to win this game and rightly so.

"But in terms of the effort and commitment of the players so far I am very happy". There is the necessity to rotate and to play game by game.

"This is good news for us", said Conte after his side's third straight Premier League victory. "They played like champions today and their mentality was very good and very strong".

Having suffered a serious ankle injury whilst on duty with the Red Devils in the summer, the winger missed the duration of pre-season and Conte has warned that it may take a while for the 26-year-old to rediscover his top form.

While no-one expects Chelsea to arrive to the Qarabag overly confident and without focus, the match against one of the weakest teams in the UCL is set to allow Antonio Conte to shuffle his troops. 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. The Premier League winners play their second of seven games in September when their Group C campaign opens against Azerbaijan's Qarabag. We realise we have a lot of games coming up this month and we know how important the squad is going to be, but we want to keep building momentum and that continues tomorrow with a big game for us'. We must pay attention.

"It is very important for us to win our first game at home", he said.

While Danish by birth he's been at Stamford Bridge long enough to be considered 'one of their own - but at Chelsea if you're from the youth team it usually means you're finished.

And this is a relative rookie who ran Zlatan Ibrahimovic close in the goalscoring charts just two years ago before his big move to England.