Someone could call it a ‘gamble’, someone else a ‘calculated risk’. Antonio Conte called it “showing to my players that I trust them”.
The Chelsea manager chose to start the game against Qarabag with several new faces in the lineup, obviously having the Sunday derby against Arsenal in mind as well, and it definitely paid off.
I hear about the depth of the squad now after a good win but before, you criticised me after a lot of changes
Conte told BT Sport smiling, after Chelsea’s resounding 6-0 win over Qarabag.
I think in that situation it is very important to give the chances, to give the opportunities to players like Christensen. Christensen is a young player from the academy
the Italian went on saying, explaining his decision to start the game with several new faces.
They must understand that I trust my players. I have 17 senior players and every single player can have the chance to play
Conte said, having seen lots of great things on the pitch throughout the 90 minutes.
There were a lot of positive things for us. Batshuayi to score, Zappacosta’s first appearance here at Stamford Bridge – he played very well – and Hazard is trying to find his best form. We are happy to see him on the field
the Chelsea manager concluded.