Chelsea manager Antonio Conte impressed by Charly Musonda and Kenedy

Antonio Rudiger looked to be in high spirits as he posed for a picture with David Luiz, Kenedy and Willian after Chelsea's 5-1 victory over Nottingham Forest in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

Conte provided positive news regarding Tiemoue Bakayoko after the French midfielder was involved in a vehicle accident yesterday.

Chelsea's 3-4-3 remains the club's primary formation after Conte won the title with the system last season.

Stoke are a team that is hard to plan for under the best of circumstances, but Antonio Conte has to consider Chelsea's two big matches that follow in short order.

'We must pay great attention to them.

More importantly from Conte's point of view, Costa will switch to Madrid and train with his new club, drawing a line under the contentious issue that the manager has been repeatedly forced to deal with.

The Britannia Stadium in Stoke on Trent will be the venue for Stoke's clash with Champions Chelsea, can the Stoke fans get another impressive home performance from their team after a win over Arsenal and draw with Manchester United? Tomorrow it will be really tough and we must be prepared in the tactical and physical aspect, be disciplined.

'Bakayoko is fine. It was a minor accident yesterday with his vehicle but he's fit and available for the Stoke game'. We are working very well and I'm pleased with the commitment and behaviour of my players.

"It will be important to face this type of situation in the right way". We have Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and then Manchester City at home. He has been carefully eased back into the first team picture after breaking his ankle on worldwide duty during the summer.

'I am pleased for Eden because in the last game he played very well and with a good intensity.

Hughes, who has been using a formation with three men in the centre of defence, can not call upon the on-loan Kurt Zouma for the match at the bet365 Stadium as he is ineligible to face his parent club. "Now we have to play three games, and it's possible to pick him for these games".

"I think they will stay with us and if they stay in our squad it means we trust them and they have to continue in this way. It is a very important game for us", said Conte.

  • Angelo Rivera