The Champions League is back - here's what (we think) will happen

Posted September 13, 2017

"We have a lot of games, we are fighting for the Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League, so we need to be ready for all of that".

The first hurdle for Chelsea to overcome is the Champions League clash against Qarabag, but in all honesty, that shouldn't be too hard for the star-studded Premier League champions.

One can say that at least he's scoring goals, but let's see him perform against bigger teams first. "We tried to win every game". 'It was a disappointing first game for me but that's in the past and now I'm itching to play, and looking forward to getting back involved with the squad.

Chelsea were not in continental competition last term after the previous year's implosion, when Jose Mourinho was sacked for a second time and they went on to finish 10th in the Premier League. The risk could be to play with the same players as against Leicester and then after the game, 'Why didn't you change the team that was tired?'

It was an uncomfortable introduction to the Champions League group stage for Qarabag, the defensively feeble Azerbaijan champions who first conceded after five minutes when Pedro Rodriguez bent the ball past Sehic.

"Although Antonio Conte's record at Juve domestically was great, his record in the Champions League with Juventus wasn't as good". 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.

"'It's very important to have experience as a player and also as a coach in this competition because you understand the level", Conte said during his pre-match conference on Monday. "I'm just happy to be back", Hazard added.

Danny Drinkwater is the only injury doubt for the game. Then we play tomorrow, then a tough game against Arsenal. It's always been my dream to play in the Champions League and win it. "The feeling is a lot better if you compare now to this time last season".

When asked, Atkins was adamant such chants must stop and said the club were willing to take the highest forms of punishment against fans such as bans and criminal prosecution.