Chelsea's Conte set to shuffle pack for Qarabag

Chelsea's Conte set to shuffle pack for Qarabag

It is a dilemma Conte was spared last season when he masterminded Chelsea's Premier League title triumph in his first season coaching in England - a legacy of a 10th placed finish the year before which captain Gary Cahill calls "a freak".

Striker Alvaro Morata, signed from Real Madrid in the summer, may also be benched, says Conte.

But Wilkins, the former Chelsea star and assistant boss, claims it is the wrong call to play a "weakened" side against Qarabag. "Otherwise you arrive to play the rest of the games with your team without energy".

The likes of Alvaro Morata have appeared in all of Chelsea's games so far, as well as featuring for their country on global duty.

"For sure to play seven games in 21 days is not easy but we are ready, and for this reason I need to rotate the players in my squad. 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.

Atletico know what it takes to win a European crown after lifting the Europa League trophy in 2010 and 2012, though Chelsea remain the only team in the group to win the Champions League.

"But in terms of the effort and commitment of the players so far I am very happy".




Qarabag FK manager Gurban Gurbanov has insisted that his players are not anxious about the threat that Chelsea pose ahead of this evening's Champions League match at Stamford Bridge.

Midfielder Drinkwater (calf) is unavailable with the full extent of his injury sustained in training on Sunday still to be determined.

"N'Golo is very important for us - a top player".

"You are never relaxed in England because you have to play a tough league and also FA Cup and also Carabao (League) Cup. It's the first time they're playing this competition", Conte told his club's official website.

Sunday's clash with Arsenal follows before a midweek Carabao Cup tie with Nottingham Forest and, although he will have to, Conte reckons the quality of opposition makes it hard to rest players. "However, I know many of their players because when I was training Italy we faced Azerbaijan, and numerous players are on the national team". They will look to continue their momentum and pick up a win against the Azerbaijani champions.

They have made some good signings but it wouldn't make them as strong as they were last season.

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