Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he plans to hand chances to youngsters Kenedy and Charly Musonda in tomorrow night’s Carabao Cup tie with Nottingham Forest.
The Blues face a tricky game against the Championship side, but seem prepared to use it as an opportunity to rotate after a hectic schedule in the Premier League and Champions League.
While Conte admitted that the League Cup is one of the four competitions he’d like to try and win this season, it seems resting his star players is more of a priority for this particular fixture.
Speaking in his press conference this afternoon, the Italian tactician name-dropped Kenedy and Musonda as two players likely to be involved against Forest.
‘The next game could be a good opportunity to give chances to players who didn’t play a lot (so far),’ Conte said.
‘I think tomorrow can be a good chance for Musonda and Kenedy.’
Kenedy got himself in trouble with Chelsea over the summer after an offensive social media post ahead of a pre-season game in China, but Conte has handed the Brazilian a lifeline by saying he has learned from the incident.
‘He knows very well what happened in China. He knows he made a mistake. Now he’s focused and working very well,’ Conte said.
‘Pedro is trying to recover from the last injury. It is important for him to work because remember when you are injured you cannot work,’ said Conte.
‘Sometimes you lose your physical condition. Nothing serious for him.
‘This season he is not lucky. He started with a bad injury in the Arsenal game – a friendly game – where he broke a bone in his face.
‘Then he received a knock on his ankle and then his leg. I hope for him and for our team to be more lucky in the future.’