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Conte Will Stick With Chelsea’s Blueprint In The EFL Cup After Landing ‘Tough’ Draw With Everton

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Antonio Conte admitted that Chelsea have been handed a ‘tough’ draw in the Fourth round of the EFL Cup, with Premier League side Everton to lock horns with the Blues at Stamford Bridge, but accentuated that he will keep on rotating his squad.

Michy Batshuayi scored a hat-trick as Chelsea cruised to a 5-1 victory against Nottingham Forest

Chelsea stormed into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after thrashing Nottingham Forest 5-1 – all thanks to an incredible hat-trick from Michy Batshuayi, a goal from Kenedy and Charly Musonda also finding the net on his debut.

Brazilian Kenedy volleyed home from close range after a great team move to score the opener

The Blues have already outplayed Ronald Koeman’s Everton at home in the Premier League this season.

Charly Musonda capped an impressive first start with a fine strike just before half-time

However, Conte has revealed that he will continue to give chances to young players, having already handed out four home debuts on Wednesday night.

“It is a tough game,” said Conte.

“You know very well that they are one of the best teams in the league. “

“We are ready to face the next round and we have to continue in this way.”

Antonio Conte will have been impressed with his side after making nine changes

“We are a great club and we have to be competitive in every game, if we continue this way we will give the chance to the same players.”

Michy Batshuayi celebrates his hat-trick – a fortuitous rebound from a Kenedy shot

“Now it is difficult to prepare the starting eleven, as you don’t know what will happen in this period.”

“We must go game by game. When I have this type of answer I am very happy because it means we are working well.”

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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