Chelsea got off to the perfect start on their return to the Champions League as they hammered Qarabag 6-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Goals from Pedro, Davide Zappacosta , Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and a double for Michy Batshuayi were enough to seal the rout.
Spaniard Pedro swept home brilliantly early on, before Zappacosta’s cross-cum-shot looped over the goalkeeper to make it 2-0 on his full debut.
Azpilicueta headed home to make it 3-0, then Bakayoko netted his first Blues goal before a double from Batshuayi put the icing on the cake.
Could have taken the night off in a very one-sided game. Barely troubled.
Scored a terrific header and looked very solid in defence. Very consistent.
Played in the middle of the three, looked composed but was rarely troubled.
Booked. Shown a yellow card for a brutal foul on his return after a domestic ban.
MotM. Chelsea fans have found themselves a new hero. Brilliant goal, energetic display.
Busy but Chelsea were so dominant he did not have much defensive work to do.
A delicious cross for Azpilicueta’s goal. A class act who will be vital in Europe.
Enjoyed getting forward in the absence of much defending to be done.
Looked really sharp, drove forward and looked to make things happen.
Started the rout with a fabulous goal, excellent performance and subbed early.
Scored a couple of late goals, including a terrific 20 yard strike, to make up for some earlier frustrations.
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Zinedine Zidane admits it was a mistake to allow Alvaro Morata to join Chelsea
Zinedine Zidane has conceded that his Real Madrid squad is lightweight up front following Alvaro Morata’s departure and regrets the striker’s decision to leave.
The Spaniard pushed for a transfer over the summer, joining Chelsea in an effort to get more first-team football, but since then Real have been hit by an injury to Karim Benzema.
With Mariano Diaz also swapping Real for Lyon, it has left the Champions League holders very short up front as they begin the defence of their Champions League crown.
‘Looking at our squad, we may be missing a number nine,’ Zidane told reporters on Tuesday ahead of the clash with APOEL.
‘I would have liked Morata to stay but he wanted to play more first-team football elsewhere, which was his decision.
‘We tried to get in another player, last year we had Morata and Mariano and now only [Borja] Mayoral is in the squad.
‘Mayoral was not in the squad against Levante but that was my decision and he will be a part of our group on Wednesday – he is hungry.
‘We’re happy to have Ronaldo back – physically he is very fit and mentally with all that has happened, with all the talk, he is in a good place.’
Morata has scored three league goals already for Chelsea and laid on two assists, while Mariano has netted four times in Ligue 1.
With only Mayoral, recalled from his loan at Wolfsburg, as backup, Real have struggled in front of goal, winning just one of their first three Liga fixtures and failing to score more than once against Levante at the weekend.