He said: “A good game would be cool! I can imagine the eyes are now on him pretty much after the transfer in the summer and he didn’t play so far, but as normal as he can [play] would be the best way.
“He cannot be settled, but it’s a good thing that Millie, Naby and Fabinho played together in this formation in pre-season.
“I can imagine the eyes are now on him pretty much after the transfer in the summer.
“That was one reason for the line-up to make it a bit easier, but in the end we know he is a good footballer so it is not a proper test for him.
“We hope he can immediately show how good he is.”
The manager expanded saying he would have would have chosen the same team regardless of playing Chelsea or not again in the Premier League on Saturday.
He explained: “Yes, that’s easy to say – 100 per cent.
“We have a few little problems with Virgil, with Gini and with Trent since this morning, no real things but they couldn’t have played tonight so that’s one reason [for the changes].
“And then making a few more changes makes sense because we need fresh legs tonight and Shaq showed he is ready, Daniel showed he is more than ready and Naby has to play tonight, that was clear.
“So, that’s the line-up and all the guys in defence, where we changed the most, really deserve to play.
“It’s nothing to do with the game at the weekend.”