Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists every member of the club’s squad is important as one another, despite using a regular group of players on a regular basis.
Since adopting the 3-4-3 formation earlier in the season, the club’s fringe players have found regular game time hard to come by as Conte insists on selecting his strongest possible XI in the league.
Those tactics came to the floor in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat of Manchester United earlier this week, when a number of regular features from the competition’s earlier rounds were forced to watch from the sidelines.
“When you have 20, 21 players in the squad, I think the best way to give all the players the same importance during training sessions, and to have always… to always pay great attention to every single player in training,” Conte said. “Then it’s better, I think.
“If you don’t pay attention to one player in training and don’t want to improve him, it’s a lack of respect for that player. In this situation it’s right a player would be unhappy. Not when a player tries to make the best starting XI and to try and win.
“That is my task, to try to make the best decision for the team, but sometimes it’s normal that you can make mistakes in your choices. But, for me, it’s a lack of respect if I don’t work with my players, if I don’t pay attention to my players… in the same way for a champion or a young player.”