Sport Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag: Four things we learned

00:30  14 september  2017
00:30  14 september  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Conte: Azpilicueta one of world's best centre-backs

  Conte: Azpilicueta one of world's best centre-backs The Spain international remains a pivotal part of the Blues side and even scored on their Champions League return, earning praise from his coachCesar Azpilicueta is one of the best central defenders in the world, according to Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte.

Chelsea strolled to an emphatic 6 - 0 drubbing of Qarabag in their Champions League curtain raiser at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. It may have been one of the easiest victories Antonio Conte has had since joining Chlesea but there were still several talking points.

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Chelsea made light work of Azerbaijan side Qarabag, thrashing them 6-0 in their return to the Champions League at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro opened the scoring five minutes in, firing in unmarked from the edge of the box, after a well-worked short corner. Next, a moment mixed with luck and brilliance, as full debutant Davide Zappacosta beat three players down the right hand side, before overhitting a cross that flew into the top corner. Ten minutes into the second half, a delightful ball into the box from Cesc Fabregas, was headed home emphatically by Cesar Azpilicueta, his sixth goal in a Chelsea shirt. It was then Tiemoue Bakayoko’s turn to capitalise on poor defending, firing home after the ball fell to him inside the box. Another defensive error gave Michy Batshuayi to fire excellently into the bottom corner, before a Qarabag own goal rounded off an easy night for the blues.

Zappacosta: Qarabag win was the greatest night of my career

  Zappacosta: Qarabag win was the greatest night of my career Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta has labelled his side’s win over Qarabag as the best night of his career. Speaking to Italian media after the game, as quoted by Goal, the right wing-back was in a beaming mood as he discussed how it felt to net his first ever goal for Chelsea on his debut. “I went through those moments in a genuine trance: the ball in the net, the celebrations of the fans, the embrace from my team-mates. It was total chaos, but a beautiful chaos.” It was a comprehensive victory for the Blues, who thumped Qarabag on the night. Zappacosta was one of several Chelsea players on the score-sheet as Antonio Conte’s men swept the Azerbaijani outfit aside in a 6-0 win. Italian international Zappacosta joined Chelsea on the final day of the summer transfer window for a fee thought to be in the region of £23m. Conte was looking to bolster his wing-back options and identified the former Torino man as the perfect man to battle Victor Moses out on the right. “The best night of my career? Without a doubt. I’ve never experienced a story like this. My Champions League debut, my first match for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and a spectacular goal. All perfect.” Zappacosta will hope that his performance was enough to earn him a place in Conte’s starting line-up ahead of Chelsea’s game against Arsenal on Sunday.

Chelsea 6 - 0 Qarabag - FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED Azpilicueta took to Twitter after the game to show his delight after Chelsea got off to the perfect start in the Champions League, with the Blues now on a run of four straight wins in all competitions after losing the Community Shield to Arsenal and

Chelsea 6 - 0 Qarabag - FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED He said: 'They've got a squad now that goes really deep. They can challenge on four fronts probably Premier League and Champions League as priority, but they've got the squad now to do that.'

This marked our fourth straight victory in all competitions. Antonio Conte’s side will be full of confidence going into a testing home game against Arsenal on Sunday.

Here are four things we learned from Tuesday night’s straightforward win.

Changes work wonders

Antonio Conte’s decision to make five changes to the starting eleven from Leicester proved a masterclass in itself. The faith the Italian showed in Andreas Christiansen to replace David Luiz, was proven worthy, as Christiansen led by example at the back. Michy Batshuayi took advantage of his first starting opportunity, scoring a fine goal, and gaining some much-needed confidence. Davide Zappacosta showed throughout he was capable of marshalling the right hand side with ease, claiming a goal and an assist as well. Willian and Gary Cahill also showed they were worthy of the trust shown in them by the manager.

Tiemoue Bakayoko involved in car crash

  Tiemoue Bakayoko involved in car crash Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko was involved in a car accident as he drove home from training earlier today. Thankfully, the 23-year-old did not suffer any serious injuries in the collision, although information regarding the incident is still rather thin on the ground. The incident has been described as a minor one and the Frenchman is now at home, meaning he should be fit for this weekend’s clash with Stoke City. The incident took place near Chelsea’s training ground at around 3:30pm this afternoon, shortly after the midfielder has left to head home, As is often the case with social media, there was a lot of widespread panic about the severity of the accident but thankfully, it was only minor and Bakayoko seems to have come away unharmed.

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By then Chelsea were up four as substitute Tiemoue Bakayoko, having replaced Champions League debutant N’Golo Kante just past the hour mark, bagged the first Chelsea goal of his career. Chelsea 6 - 0 Qarabag , Champions League: Post-match reaction.

Perfect start to the group stage

With Athletico Madrid and Roma drawing 0-0 in Rome, Chelsea’s win ensured the team top the group comfortably after the first round of matches. The victory equalled the blues biggest win ever in Europe, which was against Maribor back in 2014. After a year of absence from the competition involving Europe’s elite, Chelsea have returned in style, and with a squad boosted by some late signings, going a long distance in the Champions League this season does not seem out of the question.

Davide Zappacosta introduction is good for Victor Moses

This may be a bit premature, but after the eventful display by Italian Davide Zappacosta, the Niegrian’s position may be under threat, although, this is not at all a bad thing. Moses has been the only effective selection choice at the club for some time, and thanks to Zappacosta. he now as extremely tough competition to retain his place. This will no doubt bring out the best in both full backs, which is obviously a positive selection headache for Conte.

Tiemoue Bakayoko involved in car crash

  Tiemoue Bakayoko involved in car crash Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko was involved in a car accident as he drove home from training earlier today. Thankfully, the 23-year-old did not suffer any serious injuries in the collision, although information regarding the incident is still rather thin on the ground. The incident has been described as a minor one and the Frenchman is now at home, meaning he should be fit for this weekend’s clash with Stoke City. The incident took place near Chelsea’s training ground at around 3:30pm this afternoon, shortly after the midfielder has left to head home, As is often the case with social media, there was a lot of widespread panic about the severity of the accident but thankfully, it was only minor and Bakayoko seems to have come away unharmed.

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Bigger challenges ahead

Chelsea’s dominant victory should not be over-exaggerated. Qarabag managed only five touches in our penalty area throughout the whole game. The lack of composure on the ball was evident, and also the inability to press and show intent was clear to be seen. As the old cliche goes, “you can only beat what’s in front of you,” yet it is clear for Chelsea, the other teams in the group will be in a different league to Qarabag, so we should not get ahead of ourselves. Arguably, the biggest test in our group is next, travelling to Madrid to face the Spanish giants Atletico. There, Chelsea will really discover what they are made of.

Conte trusts Christensen to step up with Luiz suspended .
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will turn to Andreas Christensen to fill the void left by David Luiz, who will miss the Blues’ next three games through suspension. The Brazilian was shown a straight red-card by referee Michael Oliver after a high challenge on Arsenal left back Sead Kolasinac and therefore, he is unavailable for the League Cup game against Nottingham Forest, as well as the Premier League clashes with Stoke City and Manchester City. Whilst speaking at his post-match press conference after the 0-0 draw with the Gunners, Conte was asked if he thinks the club has enough depth to cope with the loss of Luiz and he specifically name-checked the Danish international. He said: “Yes. Christensen is a very young player but I think he is a good player and I trust him. Now he has the possibility to play and he has to prepare very well to play.” Whether we see Christensen in all three games remains to be seen as Conte could choose to rest him against Forest so that he is 100% ready to face both Stoke and the high-flying Man City.

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