Thursday, 26 October 2017

Antonio Conte gives significant N’Golo Kante injury update after Everton win


CHELSEA boss Antonio Conte says N’Golo Kante is ready to return from a hamstring injury.

Conte said: “He’s progressing well. I am happy, I saw him in a good physical condition.

“We need to keep calm and find the right moment to put him in the team. Now it will be very easy to tell him to play.

“We must pay attention and to find the best solution for him. He’s ready.”

Chelsea player ratings vs Everton: Caballero heroic, Ampadu outstanding and Drinkwater composed

Willy Caballero

Quiet first half for the shot-stopper. However, he saved well from Rooney, Jagielka and Mirallas when called upon after the break. 8

Antonio Rudiger

Tried his luck from distance early on and it went into the top tier of the Shed End. Solid throughout and headed a fine goal midway through the first half to give his side the win. 8

Gary Cahill

The England international coped well in a battle with Rooney. Didn’t give the striker a sniff all night. 7

Andreas Christensen

Kept fairly quiet with Everton not producing much in attack in the first half. Solid and dependable as ever after the break. 7

Davide Zappacosta

Everton gave him plenty of space to operate and he made some great darting runs down the right. Almost added a second goal but his effort brushed the side-netting. 7

Ethan Ampadu

Excellent performance by the youngster in the middle of the park. Looked at home alongside Drinkwater. He’s got a big future. 8

Danny Drinkwater

Some very composed early touches from the summer signing. Got his team out of trouble a few times with some nice interceptions. Replaced by Fabregas on the hour and got a standing ovation. 7


Decent opening half from the wing-back, although he didn’t have much of the ball. Put in some good crosses. 6

Charly Musonda

As well as producing a fine tackle on Kenny early on, Musonda created the opener for Rudiger with a brilliant cross from Rudiger’s short corner. Quiet after the break with Everton pushing on. 6


Kept the visiting defence busy with a number of brilliant runs through the middle of the park. Created a good opening for Batshuayi with a clever touch. Won the game in the final minute with a smart finish. 7

Michy Batshuayi

Strong first-half display from the striker, yet he will be disappointed not to have added to his goals at the weekend. Very quiet in the second half with Everton dominating possession, although Jagielka denied him a certain goal with a stunning tackle. 7


Cesc Fabregas (Danny Drinkwater 61)
Neat and tidy play from the Spaniard with Drinkwater tiring. Created Willian’s goal in the last minute. 6

Pedro (Charly Musonda 69)

Wasn’t involved much with Everton pushing on for an equaliser. 5

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