Rampant Chelsea hit Qarabag for six

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By 2017-09-14

 

(AFP) Chelsea made a swaggering start to their Champions League challenge as memorable strikes from Pedro and Davide Zappacosta inspired a 6-0 rout of Qarabag on Tuesday.

Antonio Conte's side were in businesslike mood against the minnows from Azerbaijan, with Pedro's long-range effort putting them ahead early on at Stamford Bridge.

Zappacosta was making his home debut for Chelsea after his deadline day move from Torino and he marked the occasion with his first goal for the club, a cross-shot that capped a lung-bursting run from the Italy right-back.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi were all on the score-sheet in the second half to give Chelsea their joint biggest Champions League win.

"It was a good result. We started the Champions League in the right way," Conte said.

"I saw great commitment, focus and concentration right from the start. It was a great performance from the players.
"There were a lot of positive things from us. Davide Zappacosta played very well."

Placed in a tricky group including Atletico Madrid and Roma, the English champions couldn't afford to slip up against a team of Qarabag's limited European pedigree.

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