Champions League: Chelsea defeats Qarabag

Chelsea should take cue from Tiemoue Bakayoko in Champions League bid

Antonio Conte urged to pick a full-strength Chelsea side against Qarabag

Chelsea undoubtedly benefitted from not having the extra games last season during their Premier League title winning run.

"To win a competition, you need to work very hard, to improve over years and to grow step by step and to arrive to be like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus".

Atkins, alongside head coach Antonio Conte, made the address at Chelsea's Monday press conference ahead of their Champions League tie with Qarabag FK on Tuesday.

Conte had created a potent mix by adding Argentine forward Carlos Tevez and Spanish striker Fernando Llorente to a team bolstered by the emergence of Paul Pogba. A Chelsea statement said: 'If there is evidence that season-ticket holders or members took part in that, and take part in it in the future, then we will take the strongest possible action against them'.

Leicester have had a tough start to the season having played Arsenal and then Manchester United and Chelsea either side of the worldwide break.

"When you play this type of competition you play to try to do your best and try to win every game, to go step by step".

"I trust all the players in my squad".

The reigning Premier League champions will kick off at Leicester on Saturday in sixth place on six points, one spot below West Bromwich and one above Watford whilst Leicester are three points worse off and fifth from bottom after three games.

The Italian said: "You are never relaxed in England because you have to play a tough league and also FA Cup and also Carabao Cup".

Danny Drinkwater is the only injury doubt for the game.

"But we are very happy because we know the importance of this player for us".

He says Chelsea are "starting a path" to compete against the cream of Europe.

Chelsea are now preparing to return to the Champions League after missing out on a spot in Europe's elite club competition last term. "Everyone realises that was a freak season for us". A flawless start to the league for the champions with three wins on the bounce means that they do also have the momentum coming into this fixture.

Vardy must be an angry man these days since many of his teammates who helped Leicester City win the 2015-2016 League title have left.

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