Chelsea boss Antonio Conte expects selection gamble to pay off

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte expects selection gamble to pay off

Azpilicueta, 28, played every minute of his side's successful Premier League campaign last season and has been a regular since joining Chelsea from Marseille in 2012.

"To play in Champions League means the coach trusts you". They must understand I trust them.

However, Conte has warned his Chelsea players that they must be at their best week in, week out, as they look challenge for silverware on multiple fronts this season.

Antonio Conte believes his decision to rest several of Chelsea stars for their Champions League demolition of Qarabag will be rewarded when the Blues face Arsenal on Sunday. "A positive competition is very important".

"In this position as a central defender he is one of the best in the world".

The Gunners have not claimed a point at Stamford Bridge since 2011 and go into this weekend's clash off the back of their first Thursday night Europa League tie in 17 years.

"To play the first game of the Champions League, then to win with a good result, to score many goals, to finish the game with a clean sheet".

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Just like Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko marked his Champions League debut for Chelsea with a goal in the 71st minute after coming off the bench.

'We must be pleased to see Eden in the team.

"Davide Zappacosta played a really good game tonight but he must continue to work to improve", Conte said in his post-match analysis.

'I think it was a good start, a flawless start, for us to play our first game in the Champions League and win with a good result.' said the Italian.

'Otherwise we risk bad injury and delaying the situation.

Conte added: "We must have a bit of patience with him and to try to give the possibility for Eden to recover very well". The Azerbaijani side defeated FC Copenhagen in the play-off round to book a place in the group stages.

"We made lots of errors".

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