Early progress pleases Conte

23 November 2017 04:21:29 EST

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is pleased that his side have qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League with a game to spare after they beat Qarabag 4-0.

It proved to be an easy victory for the Blues once Qarabag had been reduced to ten men in the first half and Conte now plans to rest some of his first-team regulars in next month's final Group C match against Atletico Madrid.

Willian scored twice while Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas were both successful from the spot for a Blues side that are 33/1 to win the Champions League outright.

Conte's side are 5/2 to beat Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday and 14/1 to edge the crunch Premier League clash 1-0.

The Italian said after the match in Azerbaijan: "For sure we have to work during the flight to prepare for Liverpool. With my staff we started also before, not to arrive at the last moment.

"To have only one day to rest and prepare is not simple or easy. It is not right. Now I think we must be pleased that we reached our first target to go through to the next round. To avoid [the] Atletico game [being] decisive for us.

"It will be a good chance to have another rotation with the players. It is very positive for us in a game that I knew very well it wouldn't be easy. Atletico drew twice [against Qarabag] and Roma struggled, it means we faced a really good team."

View all Soccer betting