Hazard: I improved after a week with Conte at Chelsea


"I think for Eden now is the right moment to start the game and try to play the whole game", he told reporters.

The young Danish defender is going to need to step up to the mark in David Luiz's absence over the coming week so getting him up to speed and settled in the first-team squad will be vital.

"Now he is ready to start the game".

Conte said: "This season is not lucky for Pedro". If a player, an old player, 36-years-old, makes me happy and helps me to win, I pick him. You can see that that's the key to success: "work". His last injury is nothing serious but he needs a bit of time to recover'. The ill-feeling towards the manager still appears to be alive in Hazard at least, as he was keen to talk up current manager Conte over Mourinho, with the Italian leading Chelsea to the Premier League title last season. The 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year missed all of Chelsea's preseason, but despite the long playoff he is fully in sync with the team, his manager, the system and the tactics.

That should mean minutes for veteran backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero, a long-awaited start for Eden Hazard, as well as for youngsters Charly Musonda Jr and Kenedy. I think, for the young players, it's very important to find the right path for them. But everyone in their life can make a mistake.

"Now he is focused and working very well".

'You can see Charly's talent very clearly. It's a physical league.

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"Now he is working a lot to improve his strength and to be ready to make a big impact". I trust Charly. It's important for the coach to trust a young player, but also important to have a good answer when the chance to play arrives'. "Also, in the future, he could play as a wing-back".

"This is one of the four competitions", he added. We have to try to do our best. He'll get his chance to impress on Wednesday night, which will also give Conte an opportunity to rest Cesar Azpilicueta.

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

One player who found his path to the Chelsea first team blocked is Michael Mancienne, who is in line for first Nottingham Forest start tonight. It's important for them to take this chance and show me I can count on them.

Conte admits he's being cautious with Hazard's return as he wants to ensure his rehabilitation is managed properly after undergoing ankle surgery in the summer.

Ampadu joins Musonda and Kenedy, who Conte confirmed would face Forest in the cup. "We have great respect for them".