EPL: Conte identifies future Chelsea captain

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But Chelsea boss Antonio Conte started both strikers on the bench, opting to play Eden Hazard as a false nine.

Perhaps Conte is trying to put more of the media attention on himself after these recent comments. I have to try and make the best decision for the team, no?

"If a player deserves to play and also shows in training, he is in top form and he also carries out his defensive tasks, then he plays".

'If not, stay on the bench, stay in the stands.

"This is not only the situation for one player but for all my players".

"If you are happy because you win only one game against a big team it means that your mentality is very little". He is playing now and I am very happy with my choice.

"I know I made a mistake, but there is not much else to do than to learn from it and make sure it doesn't happen again". "When you are a player, during your career you can make a lot of mistakes".

Willian is expected to be involved on Sunday when Chelsea visit Old Trafford, where they will look for a win that will take them level on points with second-place Manchester United.

Chelsea FC are now in fourth place in the Premier League table this season as they chase Champions League qualification under Antonio Conte in his second campaign in charge at the club.

Antonio Conte heaped praises on the Danish defender on Friday, saying, "If I had to talk about all the mistakes I made in my career, we'd have to be here for one day".

They produced a morale-boosting performance in the midweek Champions League clash with La Liga leaders Barcelona, although a mistake from defender Andreas Christensen resulted in the Spanish side snatching a precious away goal in a 1-1 draw. We lost two games in different ways.

Willian has started 10 more games for Chelsea this year compared to the same time last season, due to an increased fixture schedule after a run to the semi-final in the Carabao Cup and the club's involvement in Europe.

'He can also become the captain of this team in the future'.

Conte has said that Christensen "is having a fantastic season", and the Italian has tipped the Denmark worldwide to become Chelsea captain. Against Bournemouth we created chances to score but Watford was a really bad game.

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