UCL: Conte To Shuffle Chelsea Lineup For Qarabag
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will not parade his usual first 11 in Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Azerbaijani newcomers, Qarabag.
Conte is wary of a tight schedule which will see Chelsea play seven matches in 21 days.
After a home match against Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday, Chelsea will play a midweek League Cup game against Nottingham Forest on September 20.
"It's normal when you have to play seven games in 21 days to rotate my players. I'm very calm about this because I trust my players," Conte told reporters at Chelsea's Cobham training base."
Conte admit there is no time to relax in England because of various tournaments like the FA Cup, EPL, Carabao (League) Cup and the UEFA Champions League.
"Now we are starting to play the Champions League. To play 60, 65 games, it's normal, but it's not easy. In my past, sometimes before a Champions League game, you rested. In England it's not easy to do this.
"When you make the decision (on selection) there is always the risk. 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?'
The Italian said he has to be calm and ensure victories in the seven matches.
Conte is aiming a repeat of Chelsea's 2012 triumph in the Champions League, but he warned it will take time.
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