Batshuayi: Taking the chance

It was a night of Champions League firsts for Michy Batshuayi who was the centre-forward selected for the 6-0 win over Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.

His maiden goal in the competition, a powerful, low finish from the edge of the area was the fifth on a night when Chelsea’s domination was reflected in the scoreline, and although the 23-year-old agreed with the decision to record the sixth as an own-goal, it was his heavy pressure at the near post that ensured the Azerbaijan side’s Maksim Medvedev diverted Davide Zappacosta’s cross into his own net.

The result equalled the Blues’ best in this competition.

‘It was good for the team,’ said Batshuayi afterwards. ‘The clean sheet also and for me and for Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta and N’Golo Kante, it was our first game in the Champions League and to win the first game is very good.

‘You know I don’t play every game but when I have time [on the pitch] it is good to score,’ he added.

It was a tough introduction for Qarabag who like Batshuayi had plenty of Europa League experience but were new to the Champions League, but our striker reported they still provided a test.

‘No game is easy in the Champions League,’ he said. ‘Every game is a good game so you stay focused to try to win every game. Now I concentrate on the next game with Arsenal and to train well and try to win the game.’

HIGHLIGHTS: Qarabag (H) UCL 17/18