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"It’s important to go back to the Champions League because Chelsea are a great club and great clubs must play in the Champions League. It’s not easy because there are a lot of teams with money to invest in the market but I’m sure if we are all together we can build something positive to reach our targets.
However, things didn't go to plan as Joelinton scored for the home side in the eighth minute.
Chelsea were chasing ghosts for much of the first half in Austria.
Joelinton netted early on and substitute Tomi sealed the win to give the Austrian side a perfect lift ahead of their league opener next week.
The club is often known as Die Grün-Weißen (The Green-whites) for its team colours or as Hütteldorfer, in reference to the location of the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, which is in Hütteldorf, part of the city's 14th district, Penzing.
Chelsea starting XI: Begovic, Ivanovic, Djilobodji, Terry (c), Baba Rahman, Mikel, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Willian, Diego Costa.
Chelsea brightened up after the break, as Conte threw on Oscar and Ola Aina in place of Loftus-Cheek and Baba Rahman, but they failed to create any clear-cut chances until Diego Costa nodded over from Djilobodji's ball in after 65 minutes.
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Rapid reached the Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League for the most recent time in 2005–06 after beating Dudelange of Luxembourg 9–3 on aggregate and then defeating Lokomotiv Moscow 2–1 on aggregate in a play-off after a 1–0 victory in Russia. They eventually finished last in their group after losing all of their matches with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Club Brugge.
The Italian took charge of his first Chelsea game against Rapid Vienna.
Brazilian striker Joelinton found the back of the net after eight minutes, playing a one-two before rounding Asmir Begovic and slotting home.
Rapid's best performance in the European Cup came in the 1960–61 season when they reached the semi-final before being eliminated by eventual winners S.L. Benfica of Portugal 4–1 on aggregate. Previously, in the quarter-final, the club required a replay to eliminate East German club Aue from the tournament after a 3–3 aggregate draw. The modern away goals rule would have seen Aue advance without needing the replay, held at the St Jakob Park in neutral Basel, Switzerland.
Captain Steffen Hofmann went closest after 36 minutes, but he could only poke wide from close range after being played into the box by Louis Schaub.
For Chelsea and Conte, there is plenty of work to do ahead of their next pre-season game against WAC RZ Pellets in four days.
"For us the most important thing is to stay concentrated about the present, to work and to build a great future."
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Chelsea coach Conte: "It’s not easy because after last season, a bad season, you have to restart to try to go back to fight for the title,’ he said. ‘I think we can learn a lot from last season – me and the players.
Although they conceded again when Tomi scored late on - much to Conte's disappointment.
"It’s strange that only 14 months ago Chelsea won the title, and one year later you are out of the Europa League and Champions League. That’s a pity, obviously the club don’t like that and the players don’t like that because we are without Champions League and Europa League, but above all Champions League.
The Blues had completed the signing of N'Golo Kante earlier in the day, but the arrival failed to inspire anything other than a disappointing display from his new side, who were thoroughly outplayed by their hosts.
In the end, it was Rapid who scored again as Branislav Ivanovic's error allowed them in before Tomi poked home from close range after Begovic had palmed the ball into his path.
The Allianz Stadium meets all criteria stipulated by UEFA in Category 4 and is therefore entitled to host international matches.
In June 2014, it was announced that a new stadium, named Allianz Stadion, will be built in place of the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium. During its construction, Rapid will host its home games in the Ernst Happel Stadion.
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They were soon behind, however, thanks to a lovely team goal by Rapid Vienna - who were playing in their new stadium for the first time.
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The goal did little to wake up Chelsea, despite the animated presence of Conte on the touchline, and it was the home side who had the better of the chances to double their lead.
Rapid is Austria's record titleholder, winning these a total of 32 times to date. The club won a German Championship and German Cup while part of that country's football competition from 1938–45, following the annexation of Austria by Germany on 12 March 1938.
Sportklub Rapid Wien (German pronunciation: [raˈpiːd viːn]), often called Rapid Vienna in English, is an Austrian football club playing in the country's capital city of Vienna. Rapid is the most successful Austrian club in terms of league titles; it has won 32 Austrian league titles, and a German championship in 1941 during Nazi rule. Rapid twice reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985 and 1996, losing on both occasions.
Substitutes: Blackman, Delac, Hector, Miazga, Aina, Chalobah, Kenedy, Cuevas, Oscar, Atsu, Traore, Remy.
Rapid reached its first European final in 1985, losing 3–1 in the Cup Winners' Cup Final to Everton of England in Rotterdam. Eleven years later, in the same tournament's final in Brussels, Rapid lost 1–0 to Paris SG of France.
The new stadium built on the site of the 1977 West Stadium, later renamed the Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadium, continues to take shape and will be completed for the start of the 2016/2017 season. The following are some of the new stadium’s key parameters:
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"From these past few days I understand the players are ready to work and fight because they want to play a different way compared to last season. They know last season wasn’t just bad but very bad. Every single player knows this and wants to change the story.
Conte was without a host of his star players that were involved at Euro 2016, and gave the likes of Victor Moses, Papy Djilobodji and Ruben Loftus-Cheek the chance to impress in the first 45 minutes.
Antonio Conte took charge of his first Chelsea match on Saturday as the Blues kick-started their pre-season with a game against Rapid Vienna at the Allianz Stadion.
Rapid played at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, which was opened on 10 May 1977 with a Wien derby match against Austria Vienna until the 2013/2014 season. The stadium bore the name of its architect Gerhard Hanappi, who also played for Rapid from 1950 to 1965. Prior to 1980, when it was renamed in his honour, it was known as the Weststadion (Western Stadium), due to its position in the city.