Chelsea vs Qarabag - Confirmed lineups - Conte makes major changes, star striker dropped

Leicester v Chelsea line-ups Drinkwater Zappacosta Hazard on bench

GETTY Danny Drinkwater is on the bench against his former club

Systems with three central defenders have become commonplace in the game since Antonio Conte used it to lead Chelsea to the Premier League title.

It was an uncomfortable introduction to the Champions League group stage for Qarabag, the defensively feeble Azerbaijan champions who first conceded after five minutes when Pedro Rodriguez bent the ball past Sehic. They must understand I trust them.

Conte was able to rest Alvaro Morata and David Luiz for the game, while Eden Hazard also got a run-out after making his debut this season against Leicester City on Saturday [9 September], where he played for 12 minutes.

Arsenal fans won't be too pleased to see Chelsea's line-up in their Champions League opener against Azerbaijani side Qarabag. "For sure he knew very well my style of football and for this reason I chose to start with him", Conte said. "We must have a bit of patience with Eden", Conte said.

"We must be calm and to do the best for the player and for the team". Just like Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko marked his Champions League debut for Chelsea with a goal in the 71st minute after coming off the bench.

"They were very well organised, they tried to close every space and then after the 2-0, the coach changed to four in the back and gave more freedom to [Michael] Lang, but more players in attacking areas".

"We have been waiting for a long time to be back playing in the Champions League", he told BT.

"The game was very hard for us, Chelsea played very well", he said. Otherwise we risk a bad injury to delay the situation. "This process is good for him".

'I think it was a good start, a flawless start, for us to play our first game in the Champions League and win with a good result.' said the Italian.

Qarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov said: "The game was very hard for us".

"We made lots of errors and I accept we must play even better".

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