Conte explains why Terry visited Chelsea training

Posted March 12, 2018

Antonio Conte has conceded John Terry's absence has represented a "big loss" for Chelsea.

Against Manchester United and Palace Willian completed eight dribbles in each match, having not completed over seven in any other Premier League game this season.

Chelsea were abysmal during their loss to Pep Guardiola's side and it was not until the 88th minute that Conte made a decision to change things and bring on Morata.

Chelsea overcame a spirited Crystal Palace side 2-1 on Saturday thanks to Willian's strike and an Eagles own goal from Martin Kelly.

"Morata is coming (back) from a unusual injury in his back". Giroud is in good form now and working every day.

And, for sure, we have to improve. "We will see [on Saturday] the final decision".

Conte said David Luiz and Ross Barkley were injured and he had to "check a couple of situations", without going into further detail. The France global was left out of the City loss as a precaution after fainting at Cobham on Friday, but has trained with the rest of the squad this week. But it was all clear. "If I'd started with Zaha and he'd broken down - after only one and a half training sessions - the question would have been very different". My grandfather used to say it was easy to play because he was a centre-back, he just used to get the ball back and give it to Di Stefano, Gento, Puskas. Now, we have many players who need it - Andreas Christensen, Tiemoue Bakayoko. "I hope in my heart to see him in this 11, to continue this performance because he is playing very well". He's a really young player.

"If I think it's right for the team to play in this way, it's okay", Conte said when asked about using Hazard in the role in future. Baka has the right personality to become an important player for Chelsea.

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has confirmed that midfielder N'Golo Kante passed out during training last week, ahead of their Premier League trip to Manchester City. "We are sure of that and have to play another good game on Wednesday". "We have to work as a team and try to be ready".

"Last week, on Friday, it was very cold. Then, after the game, we'll start to think about the Champions League game".