Antonio Conte prepared to give youngsters a chance in FA Cup clash


Antonio Conte prepared to give youngsters a chance in FA Cup clash

Conte insisted that both players would feature for Friday's match at Stamford Bridge.

If Chelsea can go through in the FA Cup against Hull City this weekend and also get a good result in the first leg of their Champions League tie against the might of Barcelona next week, then Keane maybe eating his words. We have to go there and play without fear because, at the end of the day, Chelsea are expected to win the game.

The Italian has brought in Olivier Giroud from Arsenal to compete with Alvaro Morata for the centre forward position.

"I think that, in this 18 months, we built a great mentality. In every training session I see great commitment".

Morata has been missing in recent weeks due to a niggling back injury but he made his return to action when he came on as a substitute in Chelsea FC's 3-0 win over West Brom on Monday night.

Conte believes the competition to earn a starting berth at number nine, something the Blues have previously lacked during his tenure, can only be a positive.

"We have in front of us two tough weeks", Conte said. If we decide to play with the three midfielders.

On the importance of having such options available to him, Conte continued: 'Yeah for sure, in this moment it's important to have all your players available. We need the magic of the FA Cup and we'll need a lot of it because we're going up against a top side with an excellent manager and players who are used to winning things.

Speaking in an interview with Spanish outlet Movistar, Morata said: "Chelsea is a big club, a club that has given me the opportunity to play as a starter, to grow even more". But now, I think it's very soon to answer this question.

'Don't forget we are playing with a system from last season and in the case [I play with two strikers] it means Hazard, Pedro and Willian are out'.

Tiemoue Bakayoko will be back from his suspension, but there's no news of Ross Barkley, who's likely still out with his hamstring issue.