Antonio Conte has wished Sergio Aguero a speedy recovery after his car crash on Thursday evening but insists the Argentine’s absence will not change Chelsea’s tactics for their match against Manchester City on Saturday.
After attending a concert by Colombian singer Maluma on Thursday night, Aguero was heading back to Amsterdam airport when his taxi swerved off the road and hit a metal pole.
The striker was taken to a hospital in Amsterdam and received treatment on a broken rib. He is due to travel back to Manchester on Friday in order to be assessed by City’s medical team. When asked if Chelsea will now take a different approach the game against City with Aguero sidelined, Conte replied: ‘No – but first of all I’m sorry for this situation, I hope that he’s feeling is good, but usually when you have this type of accident it’s not good. but I think and I hope he stays well.’
Concerns have been raised over City’s decision to allow Aguero to leave the country so close to a key fixture, but Conte has defended the move and insists players should be allowed to travel on their days off. ‘Honestly, I’m not worried [when players go abroad on their days off]. I think that I have players who try to make the best decisions,’ said the Chelsea boss.
‘It’s important to understand when there is the room to travel, to go to see a game or for other situations. But, honestly, I was a player and when you have your day off, you must take your own responsibility. ‘I like to give responsibility. The players are not kids. They are men. They have families. ‘They have sons and I think it’s important to give them the right responsibility. Then they have to make the best decisions for themselves, for the club, for everyone.’