Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Antonio Conte makes honest admission about being Chelsea manager

Antonio Conte makes honest admission about being Chelsea manager

The 28-year-old has been a regular for Chelsea since he joined in 2012 and Conte was full of praise for him, after he found the net in the 6-0 thumping of Qarabag.

"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".

Conte had rested key personnel including David Luiz and Alvaro Morata ahead of the visit on Sunday of Arsenal but now appears far happier with the depth of his squad following goals also from Michy Batshuayi, Pedro, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesar Azpilicueta.

"Last season we played with only 13 players, to do that again would be insane".

He added: "To play in the Champions League it means the coach trusts you". My message was this.

"It was a good start, a ideal start us", Conte said.

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. Instead, we have to improve our players and try to create a good competition between them. "It's very important and I had a positive answer from my players".

"I'm enjoying my football and I just want to say thanks to him, really".

Chelsea will go into Sunday's Premier League derby against Arsenal brimming with confidence.

"I am ready for the competition", Moses told the Evening Standard last week.

"We must be calm and to do the best for the player and for the team".

And on the possibility of Eden Hazard playing against Arsenal in the Premier League after being sidelined with injury, Conte said:"Patience is still very important". The Azerbaijani side defeated FC Copenhagen in the play-off round to book a place in the group stages.

"We made a lot of errors", Qarabag coach Gurban Gurbanov said. "But I am satisfied with the way we played".

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