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Wednesday September 13
Conte on changes
11:15: Antonio Conte admits he made five changes in the 6-0 win over Qarabag last night to give Chelsea’s fringe players a chance to prove themselves.
“I wanted to give a good chance to Michy, and also to Christensen,” Conte told the club’s official website.
“To play in the Champions League means the coach trusts you. My message tonight was this. I trust all my players, not only with words but with facts.
“For the first game in the Champions League I decided to start with rotation. Also because we have to start the process to improve our players.
“If we think we can play with 13 players like last season, we are crazy.”
08:55: Timo Werner says he would consider joining Chelsea – although there are other big clubs on his radar.
RB Leipzig forward Werner has already scored four goals in four outings this season.
The 21-year-old’s future is secure for now – he is contracted until 2020 and does not have a release clause.
“So far, I have progressed very well with Leipzig,” he told Sport Bild.
“That is why I do not think what is ahead in one, two or three years.
“Of course I want to play at a big club. But, we have not yet come to terms with the development at Leipzig. Perhaps RB will be a big club too – I’m quite sure.
“In Spain there are a maximum of three clubs with Barca, Real and Atletico Madrid. In England there are a few more: Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.
“FC Bayern is also a big club, but for me it is not a topic that I am concerned with.”
08:00: Glenn Hoddle reckons Chelsea have the strength in depth to compete for the Premier League and Champions League trophies.
Concerns over Chelsea’s squad have been raised after a frenetic transfer window.
But Hoddle is confident Antonio Conte has this squad prepared for the challenges ahead.
“That’s what you want, competition in every place,” Hoddle said on BT Sport.
“(N’Golo) Kante goes off, (Tiemoue) Bakayoko comes on and scores a goal and looks the part.
“They’ve got a squad now that goes really deep and they can challenge on four fronts.
“Probably the Premier League and Champions League are their priorities.
“But they’ve got the squad now to do that.”
Diego Costa update
05:15: Diego Costa could reportedly agree a deal to join Atletico Madrid this week.
Costa has so far gone AWOL, refusing to return to Chelsea for training.
Atletico are barred from signing players until January as they are under a transfer embargo.
And according to Spanish paper Marca, the Blues have softened their stance on Costa returning and are happy to enter negotiations with Atletico.
The report says the fee could reach £54m, which would make Costa their most expensive signing.
Antonio Conte claim
04:45: Antonio Conte reckons Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is a dream to coach.
Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi weighed in with goals too against Qarabag last night, before Maksim Medvedev’s own goal sealed the win for Chelsea.
But Antonio Conte was quick to praise heap praise on the Spain international, branding him one of the best full-backs in the world.
“I think in this position, as a central defender, he’s one of the best in the world,” Conte said.
“He’s very good with the ball, very good without the ball.”
Davide Zappacosta goal cleared up
04:15: Davide Zappacosta has revealed that he did NOT mean to score on his debut for Chelsea against Qarabag.
Pedro, Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi weighed in with goals as Maksim Medvedev’s own goal put the final nail in the coffin.
But it was Zappacosta’s goal which was one of the main talking points of the game.
The Italy international, who signed for the Blues on deadline day for £23million from Torino, made a sublime run down the right flank and scored with a cross-cum-shot which looped into the top left corner.
But the right wing-back admitted that his debut goal was not intentional as he was meant to cross the ball for one of his team-mates to score.
“To be honest I wanted to cross it, but I caught it well and it ended up in the goal,” he said.