- Match Analysis
The Premier League champions have recovered from their opening day defeat against Burnley to record three consecutive victories ahead of Tuesday’s match against Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.
Conte insists the Blues are not yet in a position to compete with fellow European giants who have had the benefit of working together over a longer period.
‘For sure in the Champions League we are starting a path,’ he said.
‘Remember before winning a competition you need to work very hard and improve every year step by step, and arrive then to be ready for Real Madrid or Bayern Munich or Juventus.
‘You don’t create a big, strong team easily.
‘It’s a great competition and we must be proud to play it. We must understand we are starting a path.
‘I hope this path is short. We will try to be competitive in a short time and not wait three, four or five years.’
On Chelsea’s opposition in the Champions League, he added: ‘Qarabag are a good team. It’s the first time they’re playing this competition.
‘I know a lot of their players very well because I played against Azerbaijan in qualifying when I was Italy coach.
‘They have a lot of players who play for the national team.’