Conte hails Chelsea reaction; offers Fabregas no guarantees

Date published: Wednesday 21st September 2016 9:20

Antonio Conte: Happy to progress to last 16

Antonio Conte: Happy to progress to last 16

Antonio Conte insisted Chelsea can still improve after they recovered from 2-0 down at Leicester to reach the EFL Cup fourth round.

Cesc Fabregas scored twice in extra time to complete Chelsea’s comeback and seal a 4-2 win after they had been two goals down inside 35 minutes.

Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta cancelled out Shinji Okazaki’s brace in normal time before Leicester defender Marcin Wasilewski was sent off for a second booking in the 89th minute.

Conte lost his first game as manager 2-1 to Liverpool on Friday but was pleased with his players’ response to going behind at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

Conte added: “This is a typical English game because after 30 minutes you are 2-0 down and then you have a good reaction to score four goals.

“If you ask me if I am happy for the two goals conceded, I am not happy, but I saw a good reaction from all of my players.

“This is very important because it showed the will to win and to go into the next round. It wasn’t easy after 2-0 and after a defeat in the last game in the Premier League (2-1 to Liverpool).

“I appreciated the attitude and commitment of my players. We know we can improve a lot and the only way I know is to work very hard and to improve different aspects.

“We can improve, I know and I am sure about this and I try with all my strength to improve this team.”

 

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Fabregas is yet to start in the Premier League under Conte, with his only other start coming in the EFL Cup win over Bristol City last month, with Nemanja Matic, N’Golo Kante and Oscar preferred.

But a gritty display from the Spain midfielder – ahead of Saturday’s visit to former club Arsenal – impressed Conte although he offered no assurances he would start at the Emirates.

He said: “I want to win and my choice is made to win. I don’t care what their name is. For me it’s important when I call someone to play and they show me my choice is not wrong.

“All the players in my squad are a possibility to play against Arsenal, there are three days before the game and they have the opportunity to convince me to put them in.

“I am pleased for Cesc because he played a good game, he showed me great commitment in the training sessions. I am satisfied when I see this behaviour.

“This is the right way and I want my players to create good competition and, game by game, give me the opportunity to choose the best line-up.”

Fabregas was linked with a move to Sevilla in Wednesday’s Paper Talk.

 

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