Antonio Conte had a lot to celebrate last night. His Chelsea side made it two out of two in the Champions League, and did so on the road against Atletico Madrid.
With the Colchoneros scoring first, things didn’t look good for the Blues, despite their strong start. After equalising through Alvaro Morata, it was substitute Michy Batshuayi who helped them earn a key win by scoring at the last minute.
Things should have been even sweeter considering that Diego Costa was in the stands, the Atletico man having angered Conte and eventually opted for a switch to the Colchoneros.
Yet Conte – who hasn’t generally done very well in the Champions League as a Coach – had something to gripe about at the end of the game, according to the Times.
He is peeved that Chelsea have to play Manchester City on Saturday evening. A key clash – Pep Guardiola’s side looks ready to challenge for good this time – it will allow the Mancunian side an extra day to rest and train, seeing as they played Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
Conte is known to be angry because there is no reason, in his mind, not to play the game on a Sunday.
Antonio Conte explains why he’s a huge fan of Michy Batshuayi
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has explained why he values Michy Batshuayi so highly as a member of his squad despite him not always being a regular for the Blues. The Belgium international saw limited playing time last season and continues to find himself as Conte’s backup striker with the £60million summer arrival of Alvaro Morata.
Still, Batshuayi has excelled in a super-sub role and made an impact whenever used this season, particularly as he bagged a crucial winner against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, and Conte insists he is a hugely valued member of his squad. The Italian tactician also explained that he initially used the 23-year-old more sparingly last season because it look him time to fully settle and adjust to the rigours of the Premier League.
‘Michy is a young player. Last season he struggled a lot to understand the league,’ Conte said. ‘He is improving and his commitment is very good. He has a lot of room for improvement. He has to continue this way. ‘Don’t forget he scored against Qarabag and Nottingham Forest. For him to score it is always important.
‘I want this type of player, with a great ability to try to make a change game by game.’ Batshuayi has already notched up five goals this season, despite starting just three matches in all competitions.