Conte Gets His Reward for some Brave Decisions
The expression on the face of Antonio Conte, once victory had been sealed against Manchester United was better than a thousand words I could write.
Conte knew he`d made some big decisions today, dropping David Luiz, bringing in Andreas Christensen, recalling N`Golo Kante and pushing Cesc Fabregas further, big decisions that worked wonders.
After the game, Conte had this to say to the Sky Sports team,
'It`s an important victory. When you play against Manchester United it`s always a massive game. We know very well this team is very strong. This type of win is important for our confidence. We showed great desire and passion to win this kind of game.
"We can win or lose but our spirit must be this. Last season our spirit was in every game - we started this season with a lot of problems. We were up and down. This game showed if we want we can.'
As for his decision to drop David Luiz, when asked whether the Brazilian had a future at Chelsea, his answer possibly suggested something untoward may have gone on during the week, with Conte remarking,
"I don`t know. He has to work really hard otherwise they are on the bench or in the stand."
And on the performance of Alvaro Morata, who scored the winning goal, the Italian further added,
"Alvaro Morata showed great personality to be very strong to play in this league. There is disappointment because he could score more but today he was very good. He`s a young player but it`s great for his confidence and the confidence of Chelsea."
It`s a shame the international break has come when it is, things are, in our opinion, starting to look a whole lot rosier.