Antonio Conte opens up about Danny Drinkwater at Chelsea

Antonio Conte opens up about Danny Drinkwater at Chelsea

We went into the next round of the Carabao Cup after going out in the second round last season. Four go into the Champions League.

Those concerns were stilled as Chelsea showed enough resolve to overcome a determined Bournemouth side whose display suggested it is capable of moving out of the bottom three, with Hazard's 51st-minute goal proving the difference between the two sides. "All the team deserve this, we did well defensively, offensively also".

Alvaro Morata has taken up the mantle of leading the Chelsea attack following the departure of Diego Costa for Atletico Madrid, with the Spaniard having firmly established himself as Conte's No.1 option in attack.

"I am in touch", Conte said of Ancelotti, who was sacked as Bayern Munich coach last month.

"For sure, he can do better but, don't forget, he is recovering from a muscular problem. But I'm very happy with his performance".

The Belgium global has shown a good deal more promise in the early weeks of this campaign, scoring seven times in 11 matches, and played a key role off the bench as Chelsea beat Watford last weekend. I need to be focused and I hope to stop him.

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"It is not good that this person has to send me a message to tell me, "I am sorry but this is not true, I am sorry, if you want to do an interview, I am ready".

"But you know very well the importance of this player. If he's ready, he plays".

"These performances can be misleading; they hurt you" said Howe.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, come into the game on the back of victories over Stoke City in the Premier League and Middlesbrough, which will have helped restore confidence.

"We're concerned, of course we are".

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