Chelsea will have failed this season if they don’t win the Champions League, warns Tiemoue Bakayoko

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Tiemoue Bakayoko believes Chelsea will have failed if they fail to win this season’s Champions League.

The France international tasted success in Europe’s elite club competition last season, playing a prominent role in Monaco’s surprising run to the semi finals.

Bakayoko initially struggled to cement a place in Antonio Conte’s midfield following his £35million move in the summer but is beginning to emerge as a key component of the Chelsea midfield engine room.

The 23-year-old was outstanding in Chelsea’s win over Atletico Madrid earlier in the competition and he believes his new side should be capable of challenging the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich this season.

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Tiemoue Bakayoko is starting to emerge as a key component of Chelsea’s new-look midfield (Picture: Getty)

He said: ‘Now the aim with Chelsea is to win this competition. If you don’t win it, it’s a failure.

‘I hope with this match against Qarabag we can qualify and continue on the right path.’

Chelsea face the Azeri side having coasted to a 6-0 win against the same opposition back in September, a match in which Bakayoko scored his first goal for the Premier League champions.

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‘I felt a lot of emotion,’ added. ‘I was very proud to score my first goal and in front of our fans as well. It brought me great pleasure.

‘At Rennes and Monaco I struggled to score my first goal, so to score for Chelsea after just a few weeks gave me confidence. There is a group here that gives me confidence as well.

‘I was very happy to score and I hope I can continue like this, starting today.’

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