Chelsea defeated Qarabag 6-0 on Tuesday night, in their opening Champions League group game and Cesc Fabregas has admitted he was most pleased that his team boosted their goal difference heavily because it could prove to be a factor for them qualifying to the knockout stages.
While Roma and Atletico played a goalless draw, fans were given a treat in Stamford Bridge with six goals in the bag, much to the delight of Fabregas.
“We’ve been waiting for a long time to be back playing Champions League and finally it arrived,” Fabregas said after the match.
“It was a good performance, good result – you never know if these goals can count in the group stage – so we just keep going now.
“Sometimes you try to do too many things [against weaker opposition] and sometimes it’s not the same but I think it’s a good performance from everyone.
“I feel personally very well and I think the team collectively we are back, I wouldn’t say to our best but we are getting there slowly so hopefully we can be back to top form.
“We just have to take it game by game now. We have to focus on Arsenal, it’s a tough, tough game on Sunday and it’s a very difficult period for us.
“The coach today already rotated five players. We have seven games in 21 days – that’s not what we are used to last year because we obviously weren’t in the Champions League.
“So we have to be on top and as the coach says, eat well, sleep well and be back on Sunday.”