Conte underlines Kante's importance to team

Posted September 13, 2017

Chelsea, the 2012 winners, return to the Champions League after a season's absence from Europe's elite competition and the Group C contest at Stamford Bridge is Qarabag's first fixture in the group stages.

"We all know very well the importance of (Hazard) for us", Conte added.

1-0! What a brilliant strike from Pedro and our Champions League campaign is off and running!

"For sure in the Champions League we are starting a path", said Conte, who revealed fit-again Eden Hazard would return to the squad. "The experience is not easy but all I want is to help the club with my goals and win big trophies". A Chelsea statement said: 'If there is evidence that season-ticket holders or members took part in that, and take part in it in the future, then we will take the strongest possible action against them'.

"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".

It was his second title in two seasons in England after he played a key role in Leicester's victory the year before.

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Qarabag main threat will come from South Africa worldwide Dino Ndlovu, The powerful striker will be looking to hold up the ball and bring teammates into play when they face Chelsea tonight. I was just happy to be there, to be back. In England it's not easy to do this.

"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", Conte said. "All the big players win it yes, I want to be big, I want to win everything".

Danny Drinkwater is the only injury doubt for the game. When you play against a medium team and you have to know that you risk to lose the game in the league.

Bakayoko is in line to start against Qarabag in the Champions League tonight (7.45pm) after playing the full 90 minutes against Leicester.

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

Leicester: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte warned the rest of the Premier League that double player of the year N'Golo Kante is only going to get better.