Antonio Conte to turn to youth for Nottingham Forest cup tie

Ross Houston
September 19, 2017

"Now he's ready to start the game and I hope to stay with him for the final step".

There were ridiculous rumours that Conte could be sacked by Chelsea's hierarchy after a 3-0 pasting by Arsenal last September, but the Italian's tactical tweak ensured that the club went on a 13-match winning run after that defeat at the Emirates - form which eventually helped them lift a second league trophy in three seasons.

But Conte says that the 26-year-old is now close to being fully fit again as he considers starting Hazard for Chelsea's League Cup clash against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.

"I think now it is very important for him to adapt himself to this league because this league is not simple, it is a physical league".

"I think [Kenedy] knows very well what happened in China". We are managing it very well and he is ready to start. The most important thing is when the chance arrives, to take it.

'I think Eden is a top player and he improved a lot.

Mourinho's Stamford Bridge exit proved to be a messy one, with reports that he fell out with key figures in the Chelsea squad that included Hazard, midfielder Cesc Fabregas and striker Diego Costa.

"Now he's focused, he's working very well". Arguably, Nottingham Forest will pose a bigger challenge than the Champions of Azerbaijan for the two youngsters. "Now he's ready. He's ready to play and to show he deserves a space for the future". We play well, we won past year. But I think that everyone in their life can make a mistake.

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. "For this reason, we try and do our best in every competition we are going to play".

"We have to try and do our best and, tomorrow, it's a good opportunity also to give a chance to some players who, at this moment, haven't played a lot".

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