Monday, 30 October 2017

Chelsea Roundup: “Drinkwater is ready, Kante is ready, Abraham learning tactically and physically”


Chelsea's English midfielder Danny Drinkwater plays the ball during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on October 25,
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Antonio Conte has revealed his delight at having Danny Drinkwater available for selection after injury hit start to the midfielder’s Chelsea career.

The England midfielder came on to play the final 15 minutes of Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday evening.

It’s been a frustrating start to life at Chelsea for Drinkwater since his move to Stamford Bridge from Leicester City back on transfer deadline day.

He has struggled with injury and only made his first appearance for the Blues in the League Cup win over Everton last week.

However, Conte has now revealed his delight at having most of his midfield players back available for selection again.

Speaking to BT Sport after Saturday’s victory over Bournemouth, Conte said: “Now we are recovering all the players.

“Today Drinkwater played for 15 minutes. N’Golo is almost ready to play with us. We have only [Victor] Moses [who is still injured].

“I think it’s very important to overcome this period and to continue in this way.”

Chelsea are now preparing for their crunch Champions League clash against Roma in Italy on Tuesday night.

The west London side, who are fourth and nine points off top spot, will then switch their focus back to Premier League affairs and their crunch clash against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge next weekend.

Tammy Abraham learning tactically and physically

Swansea City’s manager, Paul Clement has urged Tammy Abraham to be patient with his teammates after the Anglo-Nigerian expressed disappointment during their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

The 20-year-old assisted Sam Clucas for the first goal of the outing before goals from Saed Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey saw the Gunners snatch the maximum points.

In the first half of the encounter, Andre Ayew’s decision to go for glory – when he could have passed to an unmarked Abraham – left the forward infuriated.

And the Swans’ handler has appealed to the Chelsea loanee to contain his frustration at his teammates’ errors.

“You can look at that game and see some errors from Tammy, from Jordan, and our midfielders. There are errors going on all the time,” Clement told Mirror.

“What you have to understand is that there are going to be mistakes made by him, by other players. You have to contain your frustration and move on to the next thing as quickly as possible.

“I think [Tammy] is developing well, it’s going to be a big challenge for him this season. He is in a team that are towards the bottom end of the table having to fight every game.

“Not only will he learn things tactically, about the physicality of the Premier League. He’s going to learn a lot about himself mentally this year because he’s not at a top six club where you have more of the ball and you don’t have to do so much necessarily defensively so it’s a big learning experience for him,” he concluded.

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