Conte: Hazard on bench; Morata may be rested

Alvaro Morata

GETTY Alvaro Morata believes his new Chelsea side can go far in this year's Champions League

Tuesday's match will see Chelsea end a one-year hiatus from Europe's elite competition and Conte is hopeful that the club can once again defy expectations following their Premier League title success last term. They will likely have to play on the break as Chelsea will dominate possession, but they'll be desperate to make a good first impression in the competition.

The Blues came close in the 2013-14 season, but lost to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.

But Conte said: "It's not important for me".

He said he was ready to shuffle his pack.

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

"You want to play these kinds of games because every time you play in the Champions League it's a big game and everybody is watching you". There is the necessity to rotate and to play game by game.

Hazard is returning from an ankle injury suffered over the summer but will start from the bench this evening.

"It's normal when you have to play seven games in 21 days to rotate my players".

Getty Chelsea looked impressive during their rout of Qarabag

"I must be realistic, I must be calm, to make the best decision for these seven games".

"We had a bad start against Burnley (they lost 3-2 at home) and some other difficulties but three wins in a row is important for the players because they are doing very well".

'For the Premier League, you always have the opportunity to win when you play for a club like Chelsea. The following year Juventus fell in the group phase. We must understand we are starting a path. A news that most Chelsea fans will surely not be happy with especially as the club paid £35million to sign him from Leicester City few days ago.

"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, Juventus are now". We had a strong team last season, but we have a strong team this season.

They have yet to win the European title but were runners-up in 2015-16 and 2013-14 as well as in 1973-1974. Instead we changed totally the opinion of people.

But bitter experience will remind Conte to take nothing for granted.

The much-awaited return of Chelsea is now more exciting as the team will go head to head in their home court against Qarabag FK on their first game of the season this Tuesday at 2:45 PM.

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