Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has tempered expectations ahead of the club's return to the Champions League, warning that they may not be ready to win the competition this season. 'It was a disappointing first game for me but that's in the past and now I'm itching to play, and looking forward to getting back involved with the squad. To be the best player in the Premier League last season is a great thing. "Now I think the English teams have another difficulty, because the league is very tough here [in England]". We all want to play and that's good. There is the necessity to rotate and play game by game.
With new players nearly across the whole pitch, Conte will use this game as a chance for his side to get to know each other a bit more on the field, hopefully with some success. In England it's not easy to do this.
'When you make the decision [on selection] there is always the risk.
"They have a lot of players who play for the national team". You're competing against the very best in Europe but as players it's exciting and for the fans it's exciting.
"Of course we have to stay positive as a group because we knew that the first six games were going to be hard, playing the top four in that and the reigning champions in Chelsea". We know very well the importance of this player for us.
"As a player, you want to be in the Champions League, but past year we just had to watch it on the television".
Chelsea host their first Champions League game in over a year.
Chelsea have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League 13 times in their previous 14 appearances. He took Juventus to the quarter-finals once as boss and the Bianconeri have thrived in the competition since he left to take charge of Italy.
"We know Chelsea are going to make us be defensive".
"For sure in the Champions League we are starting a path. In England, it's not easy to do this and if you do you risk a lot", The Italian manager told Sky Sports.
Midfielder Danny Drinkwater (calf) is unavailable with the full extent of his injury sustained in training on Sunday still to be determined.
Hazard underwent ankle surgery during the summer and made his first club appearance of the season as a late substitute against Leicester, having featured from the bench in both of Belgium's recent World Cup qualifying matches.
Defender and club captain Gary Cahill is back in contention after a three-game domestic ban.