Conte unwilling to rush star's return

Ross Houston
September 13, 2017

Placed in a tricky group including Atletico Madrid and Roma, the English champions couldn't afford to slip up against a team of Qarabag's limited European pedigree. "He played a really fantastic game", Conte told reporters.

"This is the right process for him". As a group it'll be interesting to see how we get on.

Conte's selection gamble was never in danger of backfiring as goals from Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesar Azpilicueta and Michy Batshuayi ensured Chelsea made a strong start to their group stage campaign.

"To play the first game [back in] the Champions League, to win with a good result, to score many goals and to finish the game with a clean sheet".

- Prepares for next game against Arsenal.

He then stepped up again to play in the top flight for Atalanta and Torino, convincing Chelsea to pay around £25million for his services on deadline day. I had the chance to play with my national team and did a good job there (over the global break) and for the last month I've just been working hard to be fit,"he added". The Blue's missed out on last season's Champions League after finishing 10th in the Premier League.

Tottenham, who host Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday, faced the German side in the Europa League two seasons ago and were beaten 5-1 on aggregate in the last 16. "Even in the (Spanish) national team he scored three times so I hope that for Chelsea, he can score a lot of goals", he added.

"When you are here the players want to fight to try to win it, maybe because we are not in (mainland) Europe".

The France worldwide completed an £89 million return to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 in the knowledge that he would have to make do with Europa League competition.

Qarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov said: "Chelsea is a favourite for the tournament".

Eden Hazard played 32 minutes against Qarabag, having also featured as a substitute against Leicester last Saturday in his first Chelsea appearance of the season following a broken ankle.

"For sure, he needs time to be 100 per cent but, for us, his recovery is very important".

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