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Blues beat Qarabag 6-0 in UCL opener


Chelsea had a comfortable start to their UEFA Champions League campaign, as they hammered six unanswered goals past newcomers Qarabag.

Antonio Conte made a number of changes to the weekend's starting line-up, bringing Andrea Christensen, Gary Cahill and Davide Zappacosta into defence, where they were joined by Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso. Michu Batshuayi also came into the side up front, supported by Willian and Pedro.

Cesc Fabregas and N'Golo Kante started in the middle of the park, while Willy Caballero replaced Thibaut Courtois between the sticks

The Blues were ahead after just five minutes. A corner was taken short to Willian, who had time to look up and find Pedro 20 yards out. The Spaniard didn't even need to take a first touch, curling the ball brilliantly past the goalkeeper.

Chelsea continued to hunt for another goal, but it took something special for them to get a second. New signing Davide Zappacosta had a debut start to remember, capped off with a brilliant goal. The Italian picked up the ball well inside the Chelsea half and sprinted down the flank, beating the Qarabag defenders for pace. He got in range, looked up, and hammered a dipping shot into the net, wrongfooting the 'keeper who was expecting a cross.

Qarabag looked beaten by the time the third goal went in. Willian passed a quick free-kick to Fabregas, who picked out an unmarked Azpilicueta in the box with a pinpoint cross using the outside of his foot, which his Spanish teammate headed in.

Substitute Bakayoko scored a fourth on the hour mark, his first for Chelsea, taking advantage of some poor defending to smash it home. Four minutes later Batshuayi got into the act, scoring the Blues' fifth. Again, Qarabag gave the Chelsea attack plenty of space, so Batshuayi had time to pick his spot and fire it past the goalkeeper.

Batshuayi forced an own-goal for Chelsea's sixth before the final whistle. Zappacosta turned provider, winning the ball, racing down the wing and crossing in for Batshuayi, whose shot went in off a Qarabag defender.

Chelsea return to Premier League action against Arsenal this Sunday, but travel to Atletico Madrid for their next Champions League match on 27 September. Keep an eye on BridgeKids for all the news!

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