Michy Batshuayi’s super-sub display in Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Watford has been praised by Diego Costa.
The Premier League champions looked on course for their third consecutive Premier League defeat after Pedro’s opener was overhauled by goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra.
But Conte’s decision to bring on Batshuayi changed the game as the Belgian scored either side of Cesar Azpilicueta’s goal to inspire Chelsea to a comeback victory.
And the 24-year-old’s performance did not go unnoticed with Costa, who hailed his former teammate on Instagram by commenting ‘top Michi’ on the striker’s celebratory post.
‘It was good for Michy to score two goals,’ Antonio Conte told Sky Sports after the win at Stamford Bridge. ‘He had an impact in the game and I’m very happy for him.
‘I think it’s important always to think for the team not just for himself, or myself. We have to think for the team.
‘The goals were important for the team and important for the confidence, but Michy has to continue to work this way and show with every chance he deserves to play.’
Antonio Conte: I don’t fear being sacked by Chelsea board
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has insisted that he does not fear being sacked by the club’s board, despite being under “a lot of pressure” to please supporters.
The 48-year-old saw his side battle to a 4-2 victory over Watford on Saturday lunchtime, as they dug deep to avoid three Premier League losses on the spin for the first time since November 2015.
Rumours emerged earlier in the week suggesting that Chelsea’s players have grown unhappy with their workload on the training ground, while the Blues’ board members were also said to be frustrated by the Italian coach’s growing list of excuses after defeats.
Following the much-needed win over Watford, though, Conte stressed that he is not worried by the ongoing talk of behind-the-scenes unrest.
“I must be honest – I feel a lot of pressure but not this type of pressure. If the club decide to sack me,” he told reporters. “Honestly I will never be worried for this. Never.
“The pressure is I want for my players and to give satisfaction for my fans. I feel this type of pressure. When I go to my house I am happy because I know I am putting 150% for my club and my players are doing the same.”
Chelsea, who are now fourth in the Premier League on 16 points from their first nine games, return to action on Wednesday with a trip to face Everton in the EFL Cup.