Chelsea will start their Champions League 2017/18 campaign with a home game against Qarabag, and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that he’d be rotating his players ahead of Tuesday’s fixture.
With Chelsea handed a fixture list of 7 games in 22 days, Conte has admitted he’s been left with no option.
He told the media in his press conference today: “It’s normal to prepare some rotations. I trust all my players in my squad. There is the necessity to rotate and to play game by game.”
He also added that it’s a risk he has to take.
“Tomorrow night I think that when you make the decision there is always the risk,” Conte said. The risk could be to play with the same players as against Leicester and then after the game why didn’t you change the team that was tired?
“It’s important for our eyes. It’s important our previous experience as player and as coach. You know very well if you win you’ve made the best decision, if you lose you’ve made the worst decision.
“I must be realistic, I must be calm, to make the best decision for these seven games. Seven games in 21 days you have to play every three games. It’s not easy for the players to play every game.”