Wednesday, 25 October 2017

“I need to improve on the ball” – Chelsea midfielder admits to failings


Tiemoue Bakayoko is a player with a huge amount of raw potential but he’s still very much a rough diamond.

Chelsea fans who have watched his last few games will be relived to hear he knows he’s got a lot of areas to improve in.

“Now I need to improve on the ball and there are some little details that need to be smoothed out.”

– Tiemoue Bakayoko, The Express
It’s true that after a wave of early excitement about Bakayoko more reservations from fans have crept in. His debut was against Spurs, and he did such a great job when half injured that perhaps expectations were raised too high.

The recent games against Roma and Watford saw him more heavily critiqued for his play, especially on the ball. For a player who compares himself to Sergio Busquets he certainly is still careless in possession.

Still, we saw how much Conte was able to improve N’Golo Kante’s ability on the ball over the course of a season, and there’s no reason to think he can’t do the same with Bakayoko too.

Conte warns Chelsea players against unacceptable public dissent

Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea players that he will not accept any public displays of dissent over his decisions during matches.

Michy Batshuayi and David Luiz were angry when they were substituted against Palace and Roma respectively. With both taking place in successive games, Conte felt it was important to put a stop to it.

He told his squad in the build-up to Saturday’s match against Watford that such behaviour is not acceptable and stressed the need to stick together after going three games without a win.

Those words had the desired effect as Chelsea came from behind to beat Watford 4-2.

Noticeably, Luiz and Batshuayi responded positively to Conte’s comments. The former played through the pain barrier after going into the match with a calf injury while Batshuayi scored two goals.

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