Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with James Rodriguez’s debut in the 1-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday.
The Colombian only had a week to train with his teammates after joining from Real Madrid.
But after creating five chances at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the 29-year-old won praise from his manager.
“The players that can play football, they don’t need a lot of time to adapt. James knows what he has to do, Allan and [Abdoulaye] Doucoure the same,” Ancelotti said after the game.
“I just said show your quality and they did. We had a good combination in midfield. Last season we had players with quality on the ball but you also have to play without the ball.
“James is not the fastest player in the world but he has a lot of quality. We have to use him to show his quality. He is not a winger, but he can come inside and receive the ball, he is very dangerous.
“I am not worried about the physicality. If I was worried about that I would sign Usain Bolt, not James.”
He added: “James Rodriguez brings his ability to control the ball, to do the right passes, to keep the team comfortable with the ball.”