Antonio Conte has revealed his trusts for the players who started the Champions League game against Qarabag was the reason they got sir chance.
The Italian made five changes to his side in Chelsea’s opening Champions League game this season against the Azerbaijani side.
His changes included Andreas Christensen coming on for David Luiz and Gary Cahill, returning from a three match ban, coming in for Antonio Rudiger.
Michy Batshuayi also returned to the starting line up in place of Alvaro Morata while Willian also retuned. Summer signing Davide Zappacosta was used on the right wing position, replacing Victor Moses.
Conte’s fringe players all gave indications they were ready for the grueling season with goals and assist flying all over. Even those who failed to contribute to the six goals scored put in impressive performances.
Conte indicated he gave starts to these players to show his trust for them regardless of the opposition this season.
I wanted to give a good chance to Michy, and also to Christensen. To play in the Champions League means the coach trusts you. My message tonight was this. I trust all my players, not only with words but with facts.
For the first game in the Champions League I decided to start with rotation. Also because we have to start the process to improve our players. If we think we can play with 13 players like last season, we are crazy. Instead, we have to improve our players and try to create a good competition between them. A positive competition is very important.
Antonio Conte, Chelsea FC
Chelsea are likely to return to their familiar looking starting line up against Arsenal next weekend with certain returns for Morata and Luiz.
Bakayoko could also push for a start and ahead of Willian, playing alongside Kante and pushing Cesc Fabregas forward, behind the lead striker.