Antonio Conte makes honest admission about being Chelsea manager

Antonio Conte makes honest admission about being Chelsea manager

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has heaped praise on his side following their 6-0 rout of Qarabag FK in their Champions League Group C opener this evening.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are three points behind the Blues after having won two and lost two of their opening four Premier League games.

A brace from Michy Batshuayi, and a goal each from Pedro Rodriguez, Cesar Azpilicuerta, and new signings Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta, secured the emphatic win for Chelsea.

"Last season Azpi was one of the most important players for us", the Italian said.

You can't expect to play 60 games or so. My message tonight was this: I trust all my players, not with only words, but with facts. First game in the Champions League, I chose to start with a rotation.

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

Eden Hazard made his second substitute appearance for Chelsea of the season after his broken ankle, but Conte said it was too soon to say whether the Belgium playmaker would start on Sunday against Arsenal.

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"We have to develop these players, to try and create a good competition, a positive competition, between them".

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

"You know very well in this league there are six or seven teams ready to fight not only for the title, but also for a place in the Champions League and the Europa League".

'We must be pleased to see Eden in the team. Otherwise we risk a bad injury to delay the situation.

Qarabag beat the champions of Georgia, Moldova and Denmark to become the first Azerbaijan side to reach the Champions League group stages.

"A lot of positive things from us". I accept we must play better but I'm still satisfied with the performance given the quality of the opponent.

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