The Belgium worldwide took another significant step towards full fitness after suffering a broken ankle at the end of last season in the win over Qarabag, coming on as a 58th minute substitute to add to the 12 minutes he played against Leicester on Saturday.
"You can see that the coach rotated five players".
Conte was full of praise for the defender after his side's latest win, saying Azpilicueta deserved to be considered among the world's best.
Antonio Conte believes his decision to rest several of Chelsea stars for their Champions League demolition of Qarabag will be rewarded when the Blues face Arsenal on Sunday. "For sure he knew very well my style of football and for this reason I chose to start with him", Conte said.
"They were very well organised, they tried to close every space and then after the 2-0, the coach changed to four in the back and gave more freedom to [Michael] Lang, but more players in attacking areas".
The Italian, signed on deadline day from Torino and making his Champions League debut, struck from wide on the right.
"It was a good start, a ideal start us", Conte said. If we think we can play with 13 players like last season, we are insane.
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"We have seven games in 21 days, that's not what we are used to from last year because the Champions League is in the middle and last year it wasn't there".
The Chelsea faithful sang "Zappacosta - he scores when he wants" as the right wing-back moved halfway towards Costa's Champions League tally for Chelsea.
"We must be calm and to do the best for the player and for the team".
Chelsea will go into Sunday's Premier League derby against Arsenal brimming with confidence. "Otherwise we risk a bad injury".
Qarabag beat the champions of Georgia, Moldova and Denmark to become the first Azerbaijan side to reach the Champions League group stages. Chelsea played very good.
"A lot of positive things from us".