Blues boss to rotate squad for Champions League opener

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has ahead of Chelsea's UEFA Champions league clash vs Qarabag later tonight provided the latest Chelsea injury news update. I think we're building something important for the present, but above all for the future.

"We are ready and for this reason I need to rotate all my squad".

"I think he [Hazard] needs a bit more time to continue to improve and to not take stupid risks", Conte said.

While Qarabag look like being the whipping boys of Group C, Chelsea's other opponents are seasoned European heavyweights Atletico Madrid and Roma.

"The Champions League puts the pressure on us, especially when playing for a very big club like Chelsea".

"Of course we have to stay positive as a group because we knew that the first six games were going to be hard, playing the top four in that and the reigning champions in Chelsea".

"It was a good test (against Leicester)".

"Before, a lot of people told me, "Yes, without the ball, he has good stamina and is a good worker", but now with the ball he has improved a lot. To play seven games in 21 days is not easy", he said at a news conference. "It's a great competition and we must be pleased to be back after last season and proud to play in this competition and push ourselves". We don't want to sit on the bench.

Conte's team won the group with an unbeaten run of three wins and three draws, including a 3-0 rout of holders Chelsea in Italy and a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. "I'm just happy to be back", Hazard added. I enjoy every moment, every second. "We said the first six games would be a challenge", said Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare.

"But we're more than capable of competing at this level". Everyone wants to play, but we can only play with 11, but everyone is ready to play.

One can say that at least he's scoring goals, but let's see him perform against bigger teams first.

The match will have added meaning for Cahill after being forced to watch the competition on television past year owing to Chelsea's 10th place finish in the 2015-16 season.

'For the Premier League, you always have the opportunity to win when you play for a club like Chelsea.

They failed to qualify last season and, although they responded by winning the Premier League title, the manager spoke with caution about their chances of lifting the trophy again.

  • Stacy Allen