Conte underlines Kante's importance to team

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Conte underlines Kante's importance to team

"We're going to attack as well".

Antonio Conte's side sits third on the Premier League table with three straight wins and Morata - who has three goals and two assists to his name - has seemingly cemented his role as first choice hitman after a shock defeat started their campaign.

"Also he's starting to understand and adapt himself in our style of football".

"I think Baka is improving his physical condition", Conte said of the midfielder acquired from Monaco this summer.

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 home game against the newcomers Qarabag to kick off their Champions League campaign offers Chelsea the ideal stage to gain some much-needed momentum to mount a genuine challenge in the showpiece event.

"It is necessary to rotate, seven games in 21 days is not easy", Conte said. When you make the decision [on selection] there is always the risk. To play 60, 65 games it's normal, but it's not easy.

Qarabag team news: Lead by the efforts of Azerbaijani football legend Gurban Gurbanov in the managerial seat and South African striker Dino Ndlovu on the pitch, Qarabag are apparently used to dominating teams with their possession-oriented playing style (the Barcelona of the Caucasus!) in Azerbaijan's top league.

Star playmaker Eden Hazard returned for Chelsea and played 12 minutes against the Foxes at the weekend.

Chelsea's Gary Cahill during training. They are also the last English club to win the competition (2012).

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois could be given a breather so Willy Caballero is in-line to make a rare start between the sticks.

Zola admits the Spain worldwide is a "big loss" to the Premier League champions, but says there must be a good reason for Conte to want the striker out. They are unbeaten in nine Champions League ties there - five wins, four draws.

Chelsea swiftly said Morata wanted to disassociate himself from the song.

Anything other than progression to the knock-out stages would be a huge disappointment for either club and they will consider themselves the outright favourites to go through.

"But we have played well in each of those games".

Qarabag must be dispatched clinically - goal difference may see Chelsea end up in the Europa League rather than the last 16.

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