Morata already 'totally involved' in Chelsea style - Conte

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte indicated yesterday he will rotate his players for his side's Champions League opener against Azerbaijani newcomers Qarabag.

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.

"Chelsea" won in 9 of the last 10 official fights.

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

"With the kind of time period that the suspension has been spread over because of the worldwide break, it has felt massive".

"We have definitely left everything out there but it wasn't enough in the end".

"That's a selfish viewpoint, of course. I'm itching to play".

In the last six seasons, Spain has provided 17 of the 48 teams. It's more nervy watching than playing.

"The two games I've played with England have helped". That doesn't mean we're going to spend 90 minutes in defence.

The Belgium superstar has won the Premier League, League Cup and Europa League with the Blues and also claimed Ligue 1 and Coupe de France medals at previous club Lille. "He is a young player and has good signs for us". He is an important player for us, we were forced to play without him through injury.

"That's what attracts players to come to clubs. You don't create a big, strong team easily". Chelsea will be keen to start well, given a trip to Atletico Madrid and double header with Roma follow.

We can expect the Belgian global to make his first start of the season for the Blues tomorrow night. They are also the first team from Azerbaijan to reach the group stages of the competition.

"He needs a bit of time to continue to improve and we must not take a stupid risk with him". Last season was a freak season. What is a leader?

Otherwise they would find themselves sacrificing too many... Expect to see striker Michy Batshuayi feature and some of Chelsea's youngsters may get an opportunity to show Conte they can play and give the established first-team stars a rest.

"It's hard when you go to places like Malta and you're expected to win comfortably".

"If you asked me if we had a chance to win the title in England you'd have said zero", Conte said.

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