Conte ready to rotate as Chelsea await Qarabag

Conte ready to rotate as Chelsea await Qarabag

Defeat meant three losses from their opening four Premier League games for Leicester but, given the other reverses came against Arsenal and Manchester United, goalscorer Jamie Vardy sees no reason to panic.

"In my past sometimes before a Champions League game you rested".

But this is their first time in the Champions League group stages.

The Londoners became the first English club to win all four European trophies and are the only club to hold the Champions League and the Europa League trophies at the same time following their success in 2012.

Deadline-day signing Danny Drinkwater is the only player to be a certain absentee from the squad, as he continues to recover from a calf injury, which prevented him from featuring against his former employers at the weekend. They have not only been raising vital funds to help children into football and out of poverty, but to also challenge and break down gender stereotypes. It's important to work with my players to try and do our best.

The calibre of domestic opposition means it is hard to rest players and prioritise the Champions League, Conte says.

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

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Qarabag, who are seeking a fifth successive Azerbaijan league title, began their Champions League campaign in mid-July in the second qualifying round. While the Champions League might seem an odd place to blood youth graduates, it was the same stage where Carlo Ancelotti gave Gael Kakuta and Josh McEachran their spurs during his two-year tenure as manager.

The France global has been a key part of two title-winning teams over the past two seasons as Kante won the Premier League crown with Leicester City and Chelsea.

"What we can do is be a little bit better than we have been recently and perhaps get one or two teams into the latter stages".

Italian side Roma will not go down easy however and they could make a strong claim themselves to progress through to the next round.

Eden Hazard made his long-awaited return to club football, coming on as a substitute on Saturday.

The midfielder picked up the injury in training on Sunday, but Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte otherwise has a fully fit squad to choose from and hinted he will rotate his players.

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