Antonio Conte stated that his players have returned from the international break with a clean bill of health and are raring to reclaim the top spot in the league when they take on Swansea on Sunday.
Speaking to the press ahead of the game against Swansea, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte stated that Brazilian winger Willian arrived later than the other players from international duty, but will still be in contention to start on Sunday.
“It’s important to look at ourselves and not the others,” said the Chelsea boss, via the club’s official website. “Today we had the first training [this week] with all the players, because Willian arrived after training yesterday, but he had the possibility to have the same training with the assistant coach.”
He also stated that there are no new injury concerns and that he will having a full strength squad at his disposal for the game on Sunday.
“I am happy because I saw all the players with good fitness,” added the Italian. “The players that remained in Cobham worked very hard, and the players that came back are fit.”
After failed pursuits of several defenders throughout the summer transfer window, Conte finally managed to secure two defensive signings on deadline day. Former Blues centre-back David Luiz and Spanish full-back Marcos Alonso were roped in on the 31st of August.
Despite being eligible to take part in the game, the chances of them starting are very low. Conte did speak about the possibility of fielding a 3-4-3, but the general consensus is that he will continue to play a 4-1-4-1 setup for this contest.
New signing Michy Batshuayi has shown tremendous promise since moving to Stamford Bridge, but the impressive form of Diego Costa has meant that the Belgian has struggled to make it into the starting eleven. He is undoubtedly expected to come on as a second-half substitute and could eventually take over the number nine role from the Spain international.