Eden Hazard to Start For Chelsea in League Cup Tie vs Forest

Antonio Conte

Hazard Says, He Improved After A Week Under Conte

Antonio Conte has promoted Ethan Ampadu, the teenager signed from Exeter City over the summer, to his senior squad for Wednesday's Carabao Cup third-round tie against Nottingham Forest, with Chelsea set to make a host of changes for the game at Stamford Bridge.

'Yes, I think for Eden now is the right moment to start the game, and to try and play the whole game, ' Conte said.

The Belgium global heaped praise on Conte, saying: "Even after a week I think I had progressed with him". But it also means Wednesday's game, when some of the players who may form Plan B might play, does take on a little more significance. The Belgian is likely to be handed a chance on Wednesday and if he grabs it with both hands, we might see Chelsea's very own Batman get the attention he perhaps deserves.

The Belgium global has been on the bench for the Blues in their last three games, coming on late on during matches, though he now looks ready to start again.

The Belgium worldwide made his first appearance since suffering a broken ankle in June in the Premier League win away to Leicester City on September 9.

Conte, who will be without deadline day signing Danny Drinkwater for another month at least, also reiterated that Pedro's latest ankle issue was "nothing serious" but stated that the Spaniard needs time to recover. To try to make them good experience and then to be ready to play for Chelsea.

"For sure we want to win and go to the next round. He understands his mistake and he is ready to play".

"This season could be an opportunity for all the players to play games".

He said: "All credit to him, you can sit there and take the cash and see what comes up at the end of your contract".

"I think [Kenedy] knows very well what happened in China". "It's very important to work with the players".

"We are talking about a young player, but with a really good prospect", Conte said. It's a physical league.

Conte also believes Musonda could be an option at wing-back in the future. In the last game they beat Newcastle. He's a bit thin, but he's working a lot to improve his strength and to be prepared to make a big impact in this league. "But he improved a lot and he can continue to improve a lot in his career to become one of the best".

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