Chelsea are ticking along nicely after three consecutive wins under Antonio Conte, with the Italian trainer hoping to make it four on the trot when the Blues face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium this weekend.
The new Stamford Bridge chief has been speaking out about his two transfer deadline day signings, with Marcos Alonso and David Luiz potentially set to feature in South Wales.
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However, despite singing the praises of the two defensive additions, Conte has stated that both are set to have to fight to make it into the team and unlikely to play against the Swans.
“I think we have improved our squad. We needed two defenders in this transfer market. Two good players arrived who can improve our squad,” Metro quote the former Juventus boss as saying.
“Now it’s important for them to work very hard, to go into our idea of football and to show me that they deserve to play.’
“I think the new players need a bit of time, the chance to play at the start is not high.”
Meanwhile, midfield star Nemanja Matic has stated that he considered his Chelsea future over the course of the summer but is glad that he decided to stay in West London.
The Serbia international enforcer was off the boil last season but is one of the many Blues players that look reinvigorated under Conte’s stewardship.
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Matic has confessed that leaving the 2014-15 champions was something that crossed his mind before the new campaign began.
“I spoke with the club and we both decided that it was best for the club and for me to stay,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’m very happy because I’m now here with this team and this club. I will give my best and all my quality to help the team to challenge for the title.
“As I said, I’m very happy to be here. I want to improve my game and I’m sure Conte is the right coach to do that.”