Chelsea v Qarabag preview: Antonio Conte will not risk Eden Hazard

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Conte said he would rotate his squad to cope with a run of seven fixtures in 22 days, which started with Saturday's 2-1 win at Leicester. Among personal and collective achievements, the left wing-back has missed a solitary league game since coming into the starting XI at the outset of our 13-game winning streak last term.

However, Chelsea took the lead a minute later when Alvaro Morata peeled off his marker and headed home Cesar Azpilicueta's cross.

I want to highlight that on the way to the group round of the Champions League, Karabakh passed 3 stages of qualification, but the most unexpected was the victory over Copenhagen 2: 2 * on the sum of two matches. Although, the Azerbaijani side has faced a North Londoner, going up against Tottenham in the 2015-16 Europa League group stage, losing both the games to Spurs. It should be an opportunity to rotate, but it will not necessarily be guaranteed.

"Morata played the whole game with Spain [against Lichtenstein] and the whole game with Leicester so I have to check many situations and then make the best decision for tomorrow", Conte said. It is the first time they play in this Champions League. The English teams have difficulties because the league is very tough here.

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".

"The Champions League has a different feeling to it, compared to other competitions".

He wants to make his mark with Chelsea, the 2012 European champions, but knows it will take time. They have positive momentum now, and more importantly, very important players are getting healthier and more into form.

Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Italy worldwide said: "I know he is a very talented player with unbelievable skills, but he has never been a regular".

Although Conte's well-drilled side were peerless in Serie A - where they won the title by nine points, Bayern taught them a lesson in Europe.

Chelsea are eighth favourites to win the Champions League this season.

It's also Gurban Gurbanov's first Champions League campaign as manager. Last season he played in France and now he's adapting himself to this type of football.

Chelsea have a clean bill of health, much to the delight of boss Antonio Conte. "In two matches against Legia he scored one goal".