Tiemoue Bakayoko says he was surprised that Antonio Conte kept him on the pitch for 90 minutes on his Chelsea debut.
The £40million summer signing made his first appearance for the Blues on Sunday, featuring in the 2-1 win over Tottenham.
It ended a frustrating start to his Chelsea career that had seen the former Monaco player sidelined by injury since his arrival.
The 23-year-old managed to play the full match of a memorable win and put in an impressive display to boot.
Considering his lack of match fitness, Bakayoko admitted he was surprised Conte didn’t substitute him at Wembley.
‘It was something special. It was my first match coming back from my injury.
‘Since I signed, I was looking forward to wear that shirt. That’s done now, I’m really happy and we won too so it was a very good day.
‘I’m happy for the team, we get our first three points so it’s great for the future. ‘I didn’t expect to play 90 minutes on the pitch.’
Bakayoko finished the match strongly which perhaps contributed to Conte’s decision to keep the France international out on the pitch. The Italian tactician made just two changes during the game at Wembley.
‘I held on,’ Bakayoko told SFR Sport. ‘Of course, it wasn’t easy, I needed to get the rhythm. The Premier League is so different from Ligue 1.
‘I got to see it from the first minutes. So I needed to be ready. In general, I’m a little bit mixed about my game. I had some good moments, but some bad moments too. ‘Like I said, I need to get the rhythm. It was first match since the injury so, it will come, but I’m happy overall.’