Antonio Conte has hailed Chelsea’s fine performance at the start of their Champions League campaign as a ‘perfect start,’ after their 6-0 win over Azerbaijani club Qarabag FK at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The Italian watched on as his side opened the scoring in the 5th minute. After taking a corner Willian teed up Pedro Rodriguez on the edge who then fired it into the roof of the net to give them the lead.
New £23million signing Davide Zappacosta scored the second with a cross-shot that turned into a wonder goal, hitting the top corner of the net.The debutant was still charging up the flank to create the sixth for Michy Batshuayi in the closing minutes of the game. Follow our betting tips here.
Cesar Azpilicueta headed home a powerful shot just after the break to give the Blues a 3 goal lead. Tiemoue Bakayoko, on as a substitute, scored his first Chelsea goal with the help of a deflection in the 71st minute, before passing the ball to Michy Batshuayi 5 minutes later, for him to fire in a low shot into the bottom corner with the first of a brace.
Chelsea confidently sealed their win in the 82nd minute. Davide Zappacosta won the ball on the right and laid it on a plate for Batshuayi who scored from two yards out.
Post match a delighted Conte said: “I think it was a perfect start for us to play our first game in the Champions League and win with a good result. To score many goals. To finish the game with a clean sheet. I saw a lot of positive things tonight.
“Now we have rest tomorrow and then to start to think about the next game, a tough game against Arsenal.
“To play in Champions League, it means the coach trusts you. My message tonight was this: I trust all my players, not only with words but with actions.
“We would be crazy to think we could play with only 13 players like last season. So we have to improve all these players to try and create a positive competition between them. This is very important.
“Our way, our style of football, is always to try to push from the start until the end.”