The Antonio Conte Newcastle press conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.
The Chelsea boss confirming four players will miss Saturday through injury.
Conte was asked whether he had a ‘bad relationship’ with Rafa Benitez and also quizzed on whether the Chelsea fans should respect their former manager, after he delivered the Europa League title and third place & Champions League qualification in only six months.
Antonio Conte Newcastle press conference:
Bad relationship with Rafa Benitez?
“No, this is not true.
“Rafa did a great job in his time with Napoli.
“Then I remember when I was the coach of the national team I went to watch the training session with Napoli and stay with him.
“He is a good manager and has won a lot in his career. I have a great respect for him”
Should Chelsea fans give respect to Rafa Benitez?
“I think Rafa did well here in his spell. To win the Europa League is not simple.
“When Chelsea won it, it is right always to give respect.”
Right to rest players such as Hazard v Swansea on Wednesday?
“In this busy period it is important to give all players rest.
“I think it was positive because we won the game and it was a good answer from my players. When a period is so busy it is necessary to have rotation.”
Luiz and Musonda are out.
“Batshuayi and Kenedy have just started to work with us and they need a bit of time to be in their best physical condition.”