Chelsea marked their return to the Champions League in style, thrashing Qarabag 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
A brace from Michy Batshuayi and goals from Pedro Rodriguez, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta and Tiemoue Bakayoko secured three points for the Blues on their return to Europe’s top competition.
Qarabag were second best throughout as they struggled to cope with the multitude of threats posed by Antonio Conte’s men.
#1 Chelsea demonstrate their superiority as they ease to victory
Chelsea may have won their last three Premier League encounters, but they are still yet to get fully over their opening-day loss to Burnley. That 3-2 reverse was the type of shock that lives long in the memory, with questions duly raised about the Blues’ chances of retaining the title this term.
Qarabag are clearly not the sternest opponent around, but this thrashing goes a long way to confirm the suspicion that Chelsea’s defeat by the Clarets was a one-off, rather than a sign of things to come. Conte’s charges were back to their fluent best on Tuesday, dominating the game from start to finish and barely allowing their adversaries a sniff.
It is important not to read too much into this result, but at the same time, Chelsea deserve praise for successfully dispatching of Qarabag with a minimum of fuss. This victory was never in doubt – the Premier League champions utterly overwhelmed the visitors to Stamford Bridge – and it represented a perfect start to their Champions League campaign.