Cape Town - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has warned the club's fringe
players that they won't get game time unless they earn their starting
The Italian tactician made seven changes to his Blues side for the
2-0 win over Wolverhampton in the FA Cup that secured them a
quarter-final berth at the weekend.
However, he still preferred to start Diego Costa and Eden Hazard
ahead of Michy Batshuayi and academy prospect Ruben Loftus-Cheek as he
targets a league and cup double in his first season in charge at
"It was important to continue to play with Costa, Willian and Hazard
[against Wolves]," Conte told a press conference. "Our target is to win,
not to try to make all the players happy.
"It's important to make all the right choices because for Diego it
was very important to play, to score. The same for Hazard and Willian.
It was very important for me to find a new solution with the two wingers
"In the first game [against Peterborough] I made nine changes, the
second game [against Brentford] I made nine and against Wolves I made
seven but I tried to make the best decision to win, and then when we
have the game in the quarter-final I'll decide the line-up."
Conte's men resume their assault on the Premier League title when they welcome Swansea City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday looking to extend their formidable lead at the top of the table.
Kick off is at 17:00.