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.

Chelsea team news: Qarabag (H)

  Chelsea team news: Qarabag (H) Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has given an update on the condition of his squad ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League opener against Qarabag FK. The Blues welcome the Azerbaijani outfit to Stamford Bridge as they look to get their European campaign off to a flying start, as Atletico Madrid take on Roma in the other fixture in Group C. Conte, as quoted by the Evening Standard, claimed that Danny Drinkwater is doubtful ahead of the clash. The England midfielder is yet to make his debut for the Blues. “Only one news and yesterday Danny Drinkwater had a muscular problem in his calf. We’re waiting to check the problem. Only this.” The Italian coach also confirmed that Eden Hazard is set to be included in the squad, and could play when Qarabag visit. Hazard made his first appearance of the season for Chelsea at the weekend as they defeated Leicester City 2-1, and although he could be set to feature in their Champions League clash, Conte is not looking to risk his fitness. “Eden Hazard is in the group, is in the squad, and he is working very well to find the best physical condition. He needs a bit of time to continue to improve and to avoid to take stupid risks with him. But now he’s available and he will come on the bench.” Reports have also suggested that Conte may be keen to rest some key players, such as Hazard and Alvaro Morata, with a busy schedule ahead of him. “Eden last season played an amazing season. He’s a top player and we’re looking forward to have him in our team, in our squad.” “I think Eden is an important player for us, but for sure in this period we played without him and we were forced to play without him because of injury. We tried to win every game.

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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.

Chelsea to rest Morata and Hazard against Qarabag

  Chelsea to rest Morata and Hazard against Qarabag Chelsea are expected to ring the changes for this week’s Champions League clash with Qarabag, the Telegraph report. The two headline names expected to be rested in midweek are striker Alvaro Morata who has netted three goals already for the Blues following his £70m move from Real Madrid, and attacking midfielder Eden Hazard who is yet to start a game this season after suffering an ankle injury in the summer. Qarabag are the clear weak-link in Chelsea’s Champions League group that also features Roma and Atletico Madrid, and with an eye on the weekend visit of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte is ready to rest his two star men. After missing out on Fernando Llorente who joined Tottenham on Deadline Day, Chelsea are expected to start Michy Batshuayi up front in place of Morata. One player who did arrive on Deadline Day was Davide Zappacosta and the former Torino standout is set to make his first start after coming off the bench in the win at Leicester last week. Gary Cahill is also poised to start after missing the last three Premier League games through suspension and Andreas Christensen may also be in line to start.

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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.

Chelsea: What we learned vs Arsenal .
Chelsea and Arsenal fought out an enthralling 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, in which both sides will feel disappointed in only picking up one point from the match. Pedro had Chelsea’s best chance of the game during the first half, as he found himself powering through one on one with Petr Cech, but the former Chelsea number one stood firm. Despite a period of the first half in which the blues were dominant, they lacked that ruthlessness and cutting edge that we have become so accustomed to seeing under Antonio Conte. This let Arsenal back into the game, and as the Gunners gained more confidence, they started to cause problems of their own. After the introduction of Tiemoue Bakayoko at half time, Chelsea looked more balanced in the midfield but failed to create many chances. Meanwhile, Arsenal looked even more threatening, as Danny Welbeck had a free header that he could not hit the target with, followed by Aaron Ramsey striking the post, and Alexandre Lacazette missing a guilt-edged rebound opportunity. The major talking point of the game came in the 87th minute, with David Luiz recklessly going into a challenge on Sead Kolasinac, with his studs showing, and Michael Oliver showed no hesitation in showing a red card to the Brazilian. Chelsea managed to hold on to ensure the spoils were even, and will most likely be unhappy that they did not beat an Arsenal side who had looked vulnerable in recent weeks. Here are four things we learned from the game on Sunday.

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