Chelsea news: Antonio Conte praises Davide Zappacosta after Qarabag thrashing
While wantaway rebel striker Diego Costa reportedly arrived in Madrid yesterday as he continues to try to force through his longed for move to Atletico, new £23 million full-back Davide Zappacosta became an instant Stamford Bridge cult hero as Chelsea beat Qarabag 6-0.Goals from Pedro, debut boy Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Michy Batshuayi and an own goal from Maksim Medvedev got Chelsea’s campaign off to a perfect start at a rainy Stamford Bridge.But it was Italian international Zappacosta, signed from Torino on deadline day and making his first start, who was the man who really lifted the roof, when he raced past two defenders and cracked the ball in from 35 yards – though admitted afterwards his effort was meant to be a cross.Conte said: “Davide said he wanted to cross the ball. But he scored and it’s important for us. I’m really pleased with his performance.“He played a really good game. Now he has to continue to work to improve, but for sure, Davide knows my style and idea of football very well. For this reason I decided to start with him. He was prepared to play, and played very well. “It was his first appearance at Stamford Bridge. It’s not easy to change your sporting life totally in only one week, but the answer was really good.“It was a perfect start, for our first game in the Champions League, a win and scoring many goals.