Injury-hit Stoke set to field youth players against Chelsea

Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hinted that he will be making some changes to his starting line-up when his side host Stoke City at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.

Manchester City may be running away with the title, but there's plenty left to fight for in the Premier League still.

The Blues are still in the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup and face Barcelona in the UCL last 16.

Antonio Conte insists that a top-four finish in the Premier League will be a success for Chelsea.

"But there is great motivation to find a place in the Champions League next year, there are four places for six top teams".

Hughes is without captain Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi, Kurt Zouma and Glen Johnson while defender Erik Pieters is also doubtfu for the game against the Premier League champions. "We need to go out there and win the three points every game and then we will see where we are at the end of the season".

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Before saying goodbye to 2017 - a year that, lest we forget, included another Premier League title-winning party at Stamford Bridge - and saying hello to 2018, Chelsea take on struggling Stoke City, who are still managed by former Chelsea and Manchester United star Mark Hughes. We know it will be hard but we will go their looking to get something out of the game.

"We have got a big game Saturday, Chelsea away, without a few people, so it will be a big test of character". It is normal when you have to play every two days, I have to make rotations to give rest to the players that are playing every game.

"My only hope is to continue to train him because I'm very happy for with his commitment, his behaviour and the atmosphere he has created with the three goalkeepers and the two goalkeeper coaches".

There's a good chance that the gap can be cut down to 13 points for the time being as the league leaders play on Sunday. I'm enjoying a lot this type of situation.

With the transfer window set to open next Monday, Conte also suggested a player could at the club.

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