Tiemoue Bakayoko is available for Stoke City - Chelsea coach Antonio Conte

Annette Crawford
September 23, 2017

If they stay in our squad it means we trust them.

He said: 'For sure it will be a really tough game.

"This game is about physicality and fighting, we know our quality with the ball, but without the ball we have to fight against them".

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 auto accident outside the clubs training ground yesterday.

"We won together last season and for sure we want to thank him for his efforts last season, and in the period he played for Chelsea". He played with a good intensity.

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. He can improve and find the best fit, I'm pleased and I hope to see him on Saturday and say hello. I have to give them opportunities to show they are learning and improving, and that they are ready to help us in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League'.

Willian's not anxious that a defeat to Stoke could put them six points adrift of Manchester United and Manchester City if they win their respective fixtures though. "We must pay great attention".

'For Kurt, this season it's very important for him to play after a really bad injury, not a simple one, ' he said.

The 21-year-old, who has made 16 appearances for Chelsea in the Premier League, returned to the club in January after a loan spell at Watford and will now be hoping to gain more first-team action.

"The best way for him was to send him on loan and play regularly". It was not a simple cruciate ligament.

"This type of situation will be very important for us to face this type of situation in the right way". The Welshman joined the Blues from Exeter in the summer and looks to have impressed Conte enough for the Italian to consider playing him in his favoured defensive midfield role. 'We play Stoke and then on Wednesday we have another important game against Atletico Madrid.

"This season will be a big challenge for us, to face each competition with our squad and play every three days. It won't be easy to have these games very close".

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