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Conte tells Chelsea players not to rest on their laurels

Antonio Conte has challenged his players to qualify with something to spare. (AP)
LONDON: Chelsea have been told they must seal progression through to the knockout stages with victory over Qarabag tonight to help ease the pressure ahead of fixture congestion.
The Premier League champions are second in their Champions League group and need one win to seal their spot in the knockout stages with two group fixtures remaining. But boss Antonio Conte has urged his side to get the job done in Azerbaijan and avoid the tension of battling for progression during a busy schedule that sees the West Londoners play 11 matches, after today’s clash, before the end of the year.
“We have to play the most important game of the season from the start until now,” Conte said.
“If we are able to win against Qarabag, we can go through to the next round of the Champions League and this is very important because this period from now until January is very busy, so it is very important to win the game.
“It won’t be easy because in the last two games they drew twice against Atletico Madrid. It is very important to be focused, to work and to try to win the game.”
• Arjen Robben claims Bayern Munich won’t be taking it easy against Anderlecht when they face the Belgians in their Group B clash tonight.
The German giants only need a draw to be certain of making the knockout stages. But when asked whether that would affect their approach to the match Robben said Bayern would do what they always do, play to win.
“When we play, we play to win. That won’t be any different tomorrow. 
“We need to concentrate and push forward from the first minute to get a good result.”
The Germans currently lie second behind Paris Saint-Germain with the French side unbeaten and with a goal difference of 17. Such has been their dominance that Bayern’s chairman   Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled out his side’s chances of finishing ahead of PSG.
“We’re not expecting PSG to lose. They’ve won everything up till now and haven’t conceded a goal,” he said. “The team seems very stable. We would have to beat them 4-0 to be top. Obviously we want to win, but I’m not optimistic that it will be 4-0. We’re concentrating on ourselves and want to keep playing well.”
• Once again Neymar dominated discussion surrounding Paris Saint-Germain as they prepared for their match against Celtic.
PSG coach Unai Emery insisted he is not concerned about Neymar’s lifestyle after the Brazilian star was photographed at a Paris nightclub in the early hours of Sunday.
“Outside of his work, his football, he can enjoy himself with his friends,” Emery said.
“In training he is great. He is young, and he also needs to go out, but he is still responsible.”
PSG have already qualified for the knockout stages having won all four of their matches so far, and of the Celtic clash Emery added: “We want to demonstrate that we want to go very far in this competition.”

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