The mood in the camp

Ahead of tonight’s Champions League Group C opener against Qarabag, we have words from three of Antonio Conte’s squad looking forward to the competition…

Marcos Alonso

‘I really cannot wait for the competition to start and I can’t wait to fight for this title.’

‘I’m looking forward to getting started and winning games in the Champions League with Chelsea. When the anthem starts, it’s time to focus.’

‘We are all very motivated for this tournament, as it is very special for every player. It’s also an important competition for the club and hopefully we will have a good run.’

Antonio Rudiger

‘A 7.45pm kick-off under the floodlights at Stamford Bridge will be special. The crowd will make a good atmosphere and it’s a great feeling when you walk out onto the pitch.’

It is very important, especially for a club like Chelsea, to always play in the Champions League. I think everyone in the squad is happy and ready to get the competition started.’

Tiemoue Bakayoko

The Champions League is the number one competition in the world and it has always been my dream to play in the Champions League.'

‘Atmosphere and pressure is important in football. I don’t think you can disassociate the two. The Champions League puts the pressure on us, especially when playing for a very big club like Chelsea.'

'I love the Champions League!'