Half-time: Chelsea 2 Qarabag 0 - Freak goal puts Blues in command

Half-time: Chelsea 2 Qarabag 0 - Freak goal puts Blues in command

A brace from Michy Batshuayi, and a goal each from Pedro Rodriguez, Cesar Azpilicuerta, and new signings Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta, secured the emphatic win for Chelsea.

The Premier League champions ran riot over their Azerbaijani opponents at Stamford Bridge, marking their return to European football's top-tier club competition in style following a year's absence. I saw the right commitment from my players.

"To play in Champions League means the coach trusts you and my message tonight was that I trust all my players".

They also have been placed in a Champions League group stage which will very much favour them as they will play against the likes of Basel, CSKA Moscow and Benfica.

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Thibaut Courtois was a virtual spectator, aside from having to field a Dino Ndlovu shot from distance early in the second half, and Chelsea racked up the goals as the Azerbaijan champions chased shadows.

Alvaro Morata, David Luiz, Eden Hazard and Antonio Rudiger were just a few of the big names missing from the starting line up this evening. "We must have a bit of patience with him, to give him the opportunity to recover very well to be totally fit", Conte said.

Chelsea have now won their last four matches across all competitions to bounce back from defeat on the opening day of the season. "Now we have to rest and get ready for a tough game against a strong Arsenal team".

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