Chelsea gaffer, Antonio Conte is happy with his decision to start Willian against Barca, hailing himself for making the right decision.
Willian was the most dangerous blues player on the pitch, hitting the goalpost twice before scoring the opener. He now has 11 goals and 7 assists in all competitions.
Conte believes his decision not to start Willian in big matches must have been frowned upon, and is glad to have made the right call against Barcelona.
“Do you think that I am stupid when I put Willy on the bench?” Conte said when asked whether Willian should have started more games. “I have to try and make the best decision for the team, no? Maybe last season we won the title, or did I forget something?
“Now he is playing because he deserves to play. But not because there is some regret from the past. For what? If a player deserves to play, and shows me during the training session that he is on top of his form, and wants to work defensively, he plays. If not, stay on the bench, stay in the stands.
“But this is not only for one player, but for all my players. This is what a winning mentality is. Not if one player is happy or if he is not happy if he doesn’t play. It doesn’t matter. I have to make the best decision for the team. He is playing now and I am very happy with my choice.
“Willian deserved to start in the previous game, and played well. I made a fantastic choice, and I want to take credit for that.”