- Chelsea face Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday evening
- The Blues made the five-and-a-half hour journey to Azerbaijan on Monday
- Antonio Conte put his men through their paces at the Bakcell Arena
- A win for Chelsea will secure qualification for the knockout stages
Chelsea have put the finishing touches on their preparations for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Azerbaijani outfit Qarabag.
The Blues completed the gruelling 2,456-mile trip from London to Azerbaijan on Monday but showed no signs of tiredness at they got to work in the Bakcell Arena in Baku on Tuesday morning.
Any lingering cobwebs from the journey were blown away when goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois took an embarrassing fall as he attempted to jump over a bag of footballs, leaving the team in hysterics.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois attempts to jump over a bag of footballs
Willy Caballero (centre) and Cesar Azpilicueta laugh after Courtois takes a tumble
Eduardo Carvalho jumps onto Courtois’ shoulders after his embarrassing moment
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Willy Caballero and Cesar Azpilicueta could not contain their laughter as the stopper lay red-faced on the grass.
The team were a picture of concentration for the remainder of the session, however, with Antonio Conte’s men needing a win to guarantee qualification for the knockout stages of this year’s competition.
The Premier League side are trailing group-leaders Roma by a point in Group C after the Italian team beat them 3-0 at the end of October.
However, they hold a lead of four and five points over Atletico Madrid and Wednesday night’s opponents respectively.
And they will be confident ahead of the game having already overcome Qarabag this campaign, thrashing the minnows 6-0 at Stamford Bridge in September.
Left to right: David Luiz, Willian and Eden Hazard stretch out prior to the session
Antonio Conte’s men can secure qualification for the knockout rounds with a victory
Hazard dribbles with the ball as Chelsea prepared for the Champions League clash
Willian (centre) shows off his skills as the Blues got to work in the Bakcell Arena