Davide Zappacosta
Davide Zappacosta celebrates after scoring against Qarabag. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Davide Zappacosta staked his claim to replace Victor Moses in Antonio Conte’s starting side with a brilliant performance against Qarabag on Tuesday night.

The Nigerian has held down the right-wing-back spot ever since Conte changed to a 3-4-3 formation around about a year ago, but now faces genuine competition for his starting spot for the very first time under the Italian’s management.

On his first ever start in a Chelsea shirt, Zappacosta scored his very first goal. After flying past two Qarabag players down the right-hand-side, he thumped the ball into the back of the net from a seemingly impossible position. Did he mean it? Click here to see the goal and decide for yourself!

Intentional or not, Zappacosta left a lasting impression on the Chelsea faithful in attendance, and has left Conte with a big decision to make ahead of the Arsenal clash.

What do you think? Was Zappacosta’s performances enough to earn him a starting spot? We’re running a poll on Twitter, have your say!

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Chukwudi jerome
Chukwudi jerome
3 years ago

From his profile i knew instantly that this Italian stallion is a pure gem than the england OX. We’ve got two excellent right back any of them can start on sunday

3 years ago

Good start for him, he wants to claim that right wing back position for himself, so moses really need to up his game, going forward and also adding goals to his game.nice one zap.