Conte says he trusts Chelsea youngster


"I think he knows very well what happened in China".

Chelsea and Kenedy issued an apology for some ill-advised social media posts on China and his Blues career looked like it could be coming to an end when he was sent home from the pre-season tour to Asia. I'm sure of this.

Conte said: "This season is not lucky for Pedro".

"I think we managed very well his situation".

"Now he's focused, he's working very well".

"It could be a good opportunity for Charley Musonda and Kenedy".

"(But) For sure we want to win, to try to go in the next round.

Formerly named PFA Player of the Year in 2015, a demoralising campaign during the following season saw Jose Mourinho shown the exit door once again, while the Belgian's star faded as Chelsea finished 10th on the Premier League ladder. "It's a physical league".

'He is a bit thin but now he is working a lot to improve his strength and be prepared for the big impacts in this league.

But Conte will also allow Brazilian wing-back Kenedy to come in from the cold and start his first game since he was warned about his conduct by the Football Association. "For this reason, we try and do our best in every competition we are going to play".

Willy Caballero could be set to make his first Chelsea appearance, following his summer move from Manchester City, while the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Andrea Christensen could also get rare starts.

Conte said: "Tomorrow is a good opportunity also to give a chance to some players that in this moment didn't play a lot".

"When you have to play a lot of games and have just a few days to recover, it is normal to rotate", he told reporters.

However, it took little time for Conte to reverse the London club's fortunes - at one period winning 13 straight games on their way to the title in 2016-17.