Antonio Conte confirms Eden Hazard will start against Nottingham Forest

Aubrey Yates
September 19, 2017

The Blues boss was pleased to confirm that Eden Hazard is now considered ready to start his first game of the season after regaining full fitness following a broken ankle.

But Antonio Conte has now confirmed the Belgian midfielder will start against Forest in the EFL Cup tomorrow night.

On whether or not Hazard can be even better than last season now he is back, Conte said: "I think our work is to try to improve every single player on a tactical and physical aspects, in their mentality".

The Belgium global heaped praise on Conte, saying: "Even after a week I think I had progressed with him".

"We are managing the situation very well and he is ready to start".

'Now it's important that he's working very well.

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"The most important thing is to have players open to receive more information".

"I think Eden is a top player and he improved a lot".

The inclusion of Hazard is proof Conte is taking the Carabao Cup seriously and he admitted it is a trophy he is keen to win this term.

David Luiz is suspended for the clash with Mark Warburton's side after being dismissed for a unsafe late challenge on Gunners defender Sead Kolasinac and it appears very much as if it will be 21-year-old Andreas Christensen - and not £29m ($39.2m) summer arrival Antonio Rudiger - who continues to deputise for the erratic Brazilian. We know very well in England it is not very easy to face four competitions but we are going to try our best.

There will also be opportunities for young players Charly Musonda and Kenedy, the Brazilian winger set to be given his first chance since he was sent home in disgrace from Chelsea's summer tour of China following racist posts on Instagram.

"I'm sure Nottingham Forest wants the same". We want to go to the next round. But it is the same for Nottingham Forest.

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