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Qarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov vows to give Chelsea test

  • Azerbaijani side welcome Premier League champions to capital city of Baku  
  • Manager Gurban Gurbanov pledged to make things difficult for visitors  
  • He said: ‘We will try to fight on the field till the end. This is our last match in Baku’ 

Qarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov has told his players to keep fighting until the end of Wednesday night’s Champions League Group C clash with Chelsea.

Qarabag lost their first Champions League group game at Stamford Bridge in September and Chelsea can advance to the knockout stages with victory in Baku.

Gurbanov said, according to Qarabag’s official Twitter account: ‘We are preparing for a tough match. It is an important match both for us and rival.

Gurban Gurbanov said his Qarabag side will be up for the fight against Chelsea

Qarabag are not in contention to qualify but are determined to perform well 

Qarabag are not in contention to qualify but are determined to perform well 

‘We understand everything. We know the strength of our rival.

‘We will try to fight on the field till the end. This is our last match in Baku.’

Gurbanov was unimpressed with his side’s collapse in London, but since then the hosts have suffered a narrow defeat to Roma, plus earned two draws with Atletico Madrid which saw them claim their first Champions League points.

Qarabag could take third place in the standings ahead of Atletico if results go their way in the final two rounds of matches.

Antonio Conte's side trail Roma by one point having lost to the group leaders in their last game

Antonio Conte’s side trail Roma by one point having lost to the group leaders in their last game

Originally from the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is disputed with Armenia, Qarabag were displaced when Aghdam was occupied in 1993 and games have been played in Baku since.

Qarabag’s three home Champions League group ties were switched from their usual Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium home to the Olympic Stadium.

It has more than double the capacity, at 69,000, and the Group C contest is sold out.

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