“It was a good result,” Chelsea boss Antonio Conte told BT Sport after the clash against Qarabag. “We started the Champions League in the right way. – he added – I saw great commitment, focus and concentration right from the start”.
“It was a great performance from the players, a lot of positive things from us”.
When asked about Davide Zappacosta‘s stunning goal from the right flank, Conte said: “Davide played very well and Eden Hazard is trying to find his best form”.
Also Denmark international defender Andreas Christensen was given a chance to improve as he played the whole game as centre-back: “Is very important to give players the opportunity like Christensen. They must understand I trust them. I have 17-18 senior players. Every single player can have a chance to play”.
“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”.