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Chelsea handed out a debut to Chelsea youngster Jeremy Boga and the Chelsea bench was full of youth with an average age of 21 among the outfield players.

Some section of the media believed Chelsea’s lineup was a message to the board that Chelsea needed players. One reporter asked: “Some people are saying that your team sheet that your selection today was a message to the Chelsea board?”

Conte seemed displeased with the question and answered: “Why? Why this question? You were not satisfied with my starting XI? No. You don’t know me very well and you can see in our pre-season and in every friendly games I have always played the best formation and it happened the same also today.

“Because through my choices I put the best players that we have with this moment. I repeat, I don’t like this type of habit to send a message, why I have to send a message? Why? Why? I want to win today and I wanted to win, I wanted to win not send a message. Why? Why?”

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