Chelsea v Qarabag: Champions League

Posted September 13, 2017

Chelsea are in action again on Tuesday night at home to Qarabag and Hazard could get another run-out in their opening Champions League group game.

"I know him from playing against him in the past, I knew some of his friends from before so that's why we have a great relationship", Luiz said. The Premier League winners play their second of seven games in September when their Group C campaign opens against Azerbaijan's Qarabag.

They will be full of confidence following their qualification into this years Champions League, beating Copenhagen on away goals to reach the group stage; an incredible achievement for FK Qarabag.

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

"To win a competition, you need to work very hard, to improve over years and to grow step by step and to become like Real Madrid or Bayern Munich..."

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Italian side Roma will not go down easy however and they could make a strong claim themselves to progress through to the next round. A look at betting odds at betting sites such as netbet.co.uk shows Chelsea is odds on to win this game and rightly so.

Gary Cahill said he is "itching" to play in Chelsea's Champions League opener against Qarabag on Tuesday after a double dose of frustration for the England defender. I want to win this trophy because all the big players want to lift this trophy.

"In England it is not easy to win but I have good players".

He said: "Eden Hazard is in the group and he's working very well to find the best physical condition, but I think he needs a bit of time to continue to improve and to avoid taking a stupid risk".

"We played a tough game (at Leicester) and spent a lot of energy". 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.

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"I have won a lot but I want to win more".

"I trust all the players in my squad".

The club captain added: "I feel like my season's just starting".

The Premier League champions ridiculed Qarabag with their fans chanting "Zappacosta, he scores when he wants" and "duh, duh, duh, duh".

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