Antonio Conte made five changes from the weekend, but Chelsea have not missed a beat so far on our Champions League return. An really nice early goal from Pedro settled any nerves that may have snuck in, before an even more tremendous goal from Davide Zappacosta, making his first start for the club, got the all-important second to create a bit of well deserved separation. And so it’s 2-0 at the half, with Chelsea looking for more.
A few dodgy moments aside — little haphazard in the first five minutes, plus Cahill with another strong and dangerous-looking challenge on his return to the team, from which Qarabag’s Henrique still hasn’t quite recovered — it’s been all Chelsea and really not very close at all between the two sides.
Christensen, Alonso, Zappacosta, and Willian have been Chelsea’s best, while Pedro and Batshuayi have sparkled in spots. The rest really haven’t had much to do. With another goal, this could quickly get out of hand at which point the only problem would be that the bench is filled with first-team starters rather than at least a couple younger players and youth prospects.
COME ON, CHELSEA!