ESPN’s SportsCenter may no longer be the center of the sports world like it once was — say, back in the late ‘90s and early 2000s — especially with the rise of digital media and all the good and bad that has come along with it, but the once daily show that nowadays seems to be airing constantly should still be considered the definitive voice of sports television in the United States. So when a football (soccer) highlight makes its top ten plays of the day list, you know it’s got to be good.
And he didn’t even mean it!
“He has said he wanted to cross, but he scored and it’s important for us,” revealed head coach Antonio Conte after the match, adding that he was impressed by the new signing’s quick adaptation to life in a new country and at a new team in less than a week.
“For sure he knew very well my style of football and my idea of football. For this reason, I decided to start with him. He was prepared to play. He played very well.
“For him it was his first appearance at Stamford Bridge. It’s not easy to totally change your sporting life in one week, but the answer was very good.”
-Antonio Conte; source: Chelsea FC
Almost as good as the goal itself was the cut to the bench in its wake showing David Luiz and Willy Caballero ribbing Victor Moses, whose place Zappacosta took in the starting lineup for the first, and probably not for the last time.
Not too shabby for a “panic buy” on transfer deadline day.