Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says his side’s character shone through as they defeated Qarabag 4-0.
Two goals from Willian, in addition to penalties from Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas ensured Chelsea’s 2,500-mile trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, was not wasted, as the Blues confirmed their place in the knockout stages.
Conte has been impressed by the way his side has recovered from their 3-0 defeat against Roma, which put their Champions League progression in doubt.
“This group is showing great character,” Conte said.
“From the start we faced a lot of problems this season. Our answer was positive, almost always positive. For sure, the second half against Roma was bad.
“These players show me every day great commitment, great will, desire to fight.
“We are a really good squad. There is a great compactness between us. I think it will be very important for the present and the future.”
Conte now has to worry about a lengthy journey back to England where his side will face Liverpool at the weekend, forcing his staff to begin their preparations for their trip to Anfield on the flight home.
The Italian added: “We have to work during the flight, to prepare the game against Liverpool.
“To have only one day to rest and only one day to prepare [for] this big game is not simple, is not easy. I think also it’s not right.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but this is the reality. Also, when people hear the complaints of the coach, also someone has to help us. The press, the TV, to underline this strange situation.”