Conte: Hazard, Bakayoko Ready For EPL Start In Stoke City Vs Chelsea

Ruben Hill
September 23, 2017

Conte added that defender David Luiz, who fractured a wrist bone against Arsenal at the weekend, would be available for next week's Champions League clash in Spain.

Another young player Conte hopes will make a big impact this season is France worldwide Kurt Zouma, who is on loan at the Potters and not eligible to play this weekend.

"I'm pleased for Eden because in the last game he played very well".

There are fears that the player who joined Chelsea this summer from Monaco might have suffered internal injury in the crash, but the Blues gaffer has given an update on the development.

The Blues have scored eight goals in five games domestically this term and have impressed going forward, but the injection of creativity and speed Hazard brings is sure to lift the mood around Stamford Bridge.

Conte also revealed that Tiemoue Bakayoko is fit to feature on Saturday despite his auto crash on Thursday, but he ruled out Danny Drinkwater who is still on the mend.

"All players are available for tomorrow apart from Drinkwater".

The Blues boss confirmed a huge injury boost with the news that Tiemoue Bakayoko is fit and available for selection despite being involved in a minor vehicle accident outside the clubs training ground yesterday. "For sure he will have the right chance to help us".

"I am not interested in talking about the past". I think the past is not important.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hailed the recent contributions of Charly Musonda and Kenedy, insisting the young pair will be given further opportunities to shine this season.

"About this issue, we want to thank him for what he did with this club". If they stay in our squad it means we trust them. This is very important and we have to continue this. 'We play Stoke and then on Wednesday we have another important game against Atletico Madrid. Tomorrow it will be a really tough game and we have to be prepared for the physical and tactical aspect and be disciplined. I think the past is not important, for every coach and player the past stays there.

"This season it will be a big challenge for us, to face each competition with our squad and try to play every three days". Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, then against Manchester City in the league.

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