'In this position as a central defender he is one of the best in the world. But the chance to win the title last season was zero and we changed the opinion of the people.
With those key players kept fresh and Eden Hazard coming off the bench for only his second appearance since close-season ankle surgery, Conte is confident Chelsea will go into their London derby in good condition to claim three valuable points. My message tonight was this: I trust all my players, not with only words, but with facts.
After the restart, there were signs that both Chelsea and Qarabag understood that the game was effectively over as a contest and the home team put the result further beyond doubt when Azpilicueta glanced a header into the roof of the net from eight yards after meeting Cesc Fabregas's cross.
"It was a good start, a ideal start for us", Conte said.
"Last season we played with only 13 players, to do that again would be insane".
However, Conte has warned his Chelsea players that they must be at their best week in, week out, as they look challenge for silverware on multiple fronts this season.
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The feeble Azerbaijan champions first conceded after five minutes when Pedro Rodriguez bent the ball past Sehic.
In other UEFA Champions League matches also played on Tuesday, Romelu Lukaku opened his Champions League account as Manchester United marked their return to the competition with a 3-0 rout of Basle in their opening Group A match at Old Trafford.
Conte said: "He has said that he wanted to cross".
Goals from Pedro, Cesar Azpilcueta and Michy Batshuayi, as well as a Maksim Medvedev own goal, capped off an impressive performance.
"We made a lot of errors", Qarabag coach Gurban Gurbanov said.