Antonio Conte cries foul as Blues face a quick turnaround
- Grant Smith
But the proximity of Saturday's clash at Liverpool is also on Conte's mind ahead of the Group C clash.
"If we'd won the game at Manchester, it [the gap] was only three points".
Conte said: "If you ask me if we're ready to catch up Manchester City, whoever prepares the fixtures must try to change something".
"I'd like to underline that I'm talking for all the teams who are playing in the Champions League, not just for Chelsea", he said. A lot of time there isn't an English team to win the CL, every team has the possibility to go through. "I don't want to find an excuse, but this is the reality".
Conte's complaint is familiar.
Chelsea will have barely 60 hours to recover from a 5,000 miles round trip to the edge of Asia with a four hour time difference before heading to Liverpool for Saturday tea-time's live televised match.
The Blues flew from London on Monday and with Saturday's 5.30pm game at Anfield in mind, Conte has ordered his men to stay on United Kingdom time.
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. BT is also showing the Qarabag tie. Liverpool have an additional day's rest after playing Sevilla last night.
Conte, who does not expect to land in England until 5am tomorrow, is particularly angry because his men also had to play runaway league leaders Manchester City after a demanding trip to Spain for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
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.
Conte has no fresh injuries and is likely to rotate his options.
Antonio Conte has insisted that Andreas Christensen being preferred to David Luiz remains "a tactical decision". But I trust all my players.