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Conte pleased to take pressure off Atletico clash as Chelsea clinch qualification

23 November 2017

Chelsea cruised their way into the last 16 of the Champions League after defeating Qarabag FK 4-0, with Antonio Conte's men looking in complete control of the tie.

Chelsea doubled their lead 15 minutes later with some great build-up play between Willian and Hazard, with the Brazilian receiving the ball back and stroking it past the on-rushing Ibrahim Sehic, giving the Blues a firm hold on the game.

With Qarabg reduced to 10 men, Chelsea were on a unsafe mode in the second half, dominating possession 70-30 and having more efforts at goal than their hosts.Cesc Fabregas celebrates after scoring the third goal.

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Conte was fuming after the 3-0 loss at Roma which left Chelsea's Champions League status in the balance, but was pleased with the response. It's a good chance to do more rotation with my players. "I think it will be very important for the present and the future". Maybe that would be different if that went in.

The Azerbaijani team's programme included lists of both squads - very useful information, you'll agree - ahead of a game that would see Chelsea qualify for the knockout stages of the competition with a win. We should have scored more.

Conte had bemoaned the fixture schedule that sends Chelsea to Liverpool for a crucial Premier League game on Saturday, just 48 hours after they return to London from the 5,000 mile (8,000 kilometres) round trip to Azerbaijan. "We are ready for Saturday".

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And Willian was convinced the decision to award the first penalty that saw Sadygov dismissed was the correct one.

"He can score goals, he can can create goals, he has vision speed and is direct".

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Conte pleased to take pressure off Atletico clash as Chelsea clinch qualification