Zappacosta: ‘I want to repay Conte’s faith’

Davide Zappacosta burst on to the scene at Chelsea after scoring a stunning goal in his home debut in the 6-0 win over Qarabag.

However, since then the 25-year-old has had to bide his time to really make an impact. He made one substitute appearance in the Premier League before his Champions League bow, before starting the Carabao Cup clash against Nottingham Forest.

With Cesar Azpilicueta starting the game at right wing-back against Manchester City on Saturday, Zappacosta was left on the bench and he is still waiting for his second league appearance.

But Zappacosta is sure that he can make an impact for the Blues this season and that he can prove he can be a hit at Stamford Bridge.

In Saturday’s matchday programme, Zappacosta said: “I am convinced that I am well suited to the style of football in England, probably even more so than Italian football. There is more space because the intensity is higher and the game is much quicker, so I can look to exploit that.

“I believe this is one of the best places to play football in the world, and I want to be involved in it for as long as possible.”

Conte brought in the Italian on transfer deadline day in a slightly surprising move. However, the Chelsea boss has always seems to be impressed by him, having called him up for the player’s first Italian squad.

“He has shown a lot of faith in me,” Zappacosta added. “Firstly with the call-up to the Italy squad in 2016 and also now by signing me for Chelsea.

“I really admire him, I owe him a lot and because he has shown so much faith in me, I want to repay that and do my best.

Frank Lampard: Why Chelsea signing is so classy

Frank Lampard has hailed Alvaro Morata’s “classy” style of play following his transfer to Chelsea from Real Madrid in the summer.

The 24-year-old striker has earned plenty of praise for the strong performances he has produced for the Blues so far this season as he continues to adapt to the rigours of English football.

Morata netted a hat-trick against Stoke last month and then followed that up with a fine display in the Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid in midweek.

The striker was forced off in the first half of Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday night with a suspected hamstring strain.

However, former Blues midfielder Lampard has been hugely impressed by what he has seen from Morata in a Chelsea shirt so far this season.

Speaking to BT Sport on Saturday, Lampard said: “Another side of his game is his hold-up play. We saw it in midweek [against Atletico Madrid].

“He’s very classy. Everything sticks and he brings other people into play.”

It remains to be seen how long Morata will be out of action for after he came off during the first half with the muscular problem on Saturday.

Chelsea return to Premier League action after the international break when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday 14 October.

Their loss to Manchester City left them in fourth place in the Premier League table and six points behind the leaders.

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