Conte On Carabao Cup Vs Forest, Hazard, Musonda, Kenedy

Posted September 20, 2017

The ill-feeling towards the manager still appears to be alive in Hazard at least, as he was keen to talk up current manager Conte over Mourinho, with the Italian leading Chelsea to the Premier League title last season.

Chelsea's fringe players are likely to be given the chance to impress manager Antonio Conte when they host Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

"Even after a week I think I had progressed with him", the 26-year-old Belgian said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

"I think, last season, if you remember very well, Chalobah had the chance to play", Conte added. "Now he's ready to start the game and I hope to stay with him for the final step".

Hazard missed the entirety of Chelsea's preseason with a broken ankle sustained on worldwide duty with Belgium in June, and has been nursed carefully back to fitness with substitute appearances in the Blues' last three matches. In our squad we have many young players.

"Pedro has not been lucky this season". "Every coach wants to win". Frequently that has taken the form of the youth team, where young players are blooded and shown some serious football, toughened up for the big, bad world of the grownup's game.

'This season could be an opportunity for all the players to play games.

"Don't forget when you are injured you can't work, and sometimes you can lose your best physical condition".

"He knows very well what happened in China", said Conte.

"It could be a good opportunity for Charley Musonda and Kenedy. I'm sure he's a good prospect for Chelsea". Now it's important he's working very well, trying to adapt himself to this league because this league is not simple. "But he improved a lot and he can continue to improve a lot in his career to become one of the best".

The competition itself and tomorrow's esteemed opposition also came up in the media conference, with Conte asked how seriously he would be taking the Carabao Cup this term, especially as we are now back in Europe. The game will be a good chance for Batshuayi to show what he can do and get some more minutes under his belt. Also, positive performances in ties like these often prove to be the starting point of a run of good results, something the club needs if they are to be up there challenging for promotion.