Chelsea wonderkid Charly Musonda could be set for a start in the side’s Champions League opener versus Qarabag.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder is being tipped for stardom at Stamford Bridge but has only made two substitute appearances for the Blues to date after a spell on loan at Real Betis.
Antonio Conte showed faith in Musonda by keeping the Belgian in his first-team squad this season and the youngster came on in the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal and in Chelsea’s 3-2 disappointment at home to Burnley on the opening day of the Premier League campaign.
In the lead-up to Tuesday night’s clash with Qarabag, Conte confirmed that he will have to rotate his squad with such a busy September schedule ahead and Musonda hinted on Instagram that he will start at Stamford Bridge.
‘Five years in the making, It’s almost time to make waves in this special kit,’ he told his Instagram followers.
With a titanic clash with Arsenal on the horizon, Conte insisted that rotating his squad is ‘normal’.
‘You are never relaxed in England because you have to play a tough league and also FA Cup and also Carabao Cup,’ the Italian said.
‘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?”
‘You know very well if you win you’ve made the best decision, if you lose you’ve made the worst decision.
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‘I must be realistic, I must be calm, to make the best decision for these seven games. 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.’