Stoke City v Chelsea

Conte encouraged by Musonda and Kenedy progress

Conte encouraged by Musonda and Kenedy progress

Another young player Conte hopes will make a big impact this season is France worldwide Kurt Zouma, who is on loan at the Potters and not eligible to play this weekend.

David Luiz is banned but Temoue Bakayoko should be available despite a minor vehicle accident in the week, and Pedro is fit after a leg injury. I repeat: "for sure we want to thank him for his effort, not only last season but in the period that he played for Chelsea".

"Pedro is fit for the game against Stoke on Saturday", said Conte.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes the departure of Diego Costa will be a huge loss for Chelsea who will miss the striker's goals and aggression.

"There is always a reaction on the back of a disappointing result, and we fully expect the performance to be markedly better this weekend". If they stay in our squad it means we trust them.

"We must pay great attention tomorrow. A good test and challenge for us".

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He added, "Whether you like it or not we are going to help Syria, Yemen and Palestine, and we will strengthen our missiles ". He is due to report to Congress on October 15 on whether or not he believes Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal.

"For Kurt, this season is very important to play", he added.

"If you did well in the past, it's OK, but we have to work for the present and the future to build something important for this club".

Chelsea are no pushovers, though, and will be ready for a battle.

Chelsea arrive in the Potteries with the home side having won just two of their last seven games in the Premier League - though their sole top flight win came against Arsenal last month - with their four-game winless run extended by defeat to Championship side Bristol City in the EFL Cup.

Eden Hazard will start his first game of the season for Chelsea in tonight's Carabao Cup third round tie at home to Nottingham Forest, Antonio Conte has confirmed.

Conte, however, seems to be involving some exciting prospects more this season, with Andreas Christensen and Jeremie Boga also appearing for the Blues in the Premier League this term.

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