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Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag - FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED: Davide Zappacosta certainly didn't mean his long-range screamer while Cesc Fabregas underlined his influence yet again

  • Davide Zappacosta certainly didn't mean his fluke goal but what a dream debut
  • It's incredible to think Tuesday was N’Golo Kante’s Champions League bow
  • Cesc Fabregas' influence at Chelsea is growing and performed brilliant yet again

Chelsea strolled to an emphatic 6-0 drubbing of Qarabag in their Champions League curtain raiser at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

It may have been one of the easiest victories Antonio Conte has had since joining Chlesea but there were still several talking points.

Sportsmail's SAMI MOKBEL was on hand to consider what we learned from their convincing victory over the Champions League debutants.

Davide Zappacosta almost certainly didn't mean his goal but had a dream debut nonetheless

Davide Zappacosta almost certainly didn't mean his goal but had a dream debut nonetheless

1 Davide Zappacosta had better get used to supporters bellowing out ‘shoooot’ after his incredible debut goal at Stamford Bridge. Did he mean it? Of course not, but what better way for the full back, signed from Torino on deadline day, to announce himself to his new fans.

 

2 It is incredible to think that Tuesday was N’Golo Kante’s first taste of Champions League football. Widely recognised as one the best midfielders on the planet, top-level club football has come late in the day for the 26-year-old. Inevitably, the former Leicester City man took to it like a duck to water.

It's incredible to think that Tuesday was N¿Golo Kante¿s debut in Champions League football

It's incredible to think that Tuesday was N’Golo Kante’s debut in Champions League football

 

3 Chelsea warned their supporters over the use of anti-Semitic language before last night’s clash. The club condemned fans for using the Y-word in a chant about £70million summer signing Alvaro Morata over the weekend. And the stance was re-iterated last night. ‘Chelsea Football Club is clear and consistent in our condemnation of all forms of discrimination, including such anti-Semitic behaviour and language,’ read the statement.

 

4 Antonio Conte channelled his inner Tony Pulis as the heavens opened over Stamford Bridge last night. He started the night in his slick club edition navy blue suit. At the start of the second half, he was in rain coat and blue cap. Not sure the look will take off in the Italian fashion houses.

Antonio Conte's rain coat and blue cap look is unlikely to take off in the Italian fashion houses

Antonio Conte's rain coat and blue cap look is unlikely to take off in the Italian fashion houses

 

5 Remember when Cesc Fabregas looked to be on his way out of Chelsea? It was around this time last year when the Spaniard’s place in Conte’s plans was in doubt. Credit to Fabregas, though. His growing influence at Chelsea was underlined again on Tuesday with his brilliant, outside-of-the-foot cross for Cesar Azpilicueta to make it 3-0. 

 

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