Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Chelsea arrange friendly to get Ross Barkley up to speed

The sense that the strings attaching Antonio Conte to Chelsea are increasingly fraying were heightened yesterday when the Italian said that he had planned to give Ross Barkley his debut this evening only to discover on Sunday that the midfielder signed from Everton for £15 million was not eligible for the FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City.

Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas is also out of Wednesday's game after feeling a tweak in his hamstring in training.

We've got you covered for all the video preview you could hope for ahead of Norwich City's trip to Premier League giants Chelsea for an FA Cup third round replay. "To play a part of the game and go slowly, to be ready to start the game".

"Michy Batshuayi is a Chelsea player and he is in our squad and tomorrow he has to play".

As per The Daily Mail, Conte insists that taking off the forward is purely a tactical decision and isn't fussed whether vital players are happy at Chelsea or not. He has deserved the opportunity and taken his chance.

"A young player has to deserve this chance, not only because he is a young player or not only because he is a player from our Academy". The most important thing is that you show, when I give you the chance to play, you repay me with a good performance.

"To be ready to face this type of game".

He has played just one 90 minutes in the Blues' last eight games, the 0-0 draw at Everton - just one of four Chelsea stalemates in that period.

"I don't know. I don't know but I don't think so". He is now a Chelsea player, having the possibility to show that he deserves to play for Chelsea. This is very important. "My first target is to do my best for the player and the team, not keep players happy". Every press conference there is always this question about whether I'm anxious about making my players happy. No. "I'm anxious to win". For sure, we have to improve on this aspect. Also, if you compare to the past, every single player has scored less than last season.

"I'm anxious about making my players happy. No".

"For sure, to have many games we must be proud because it means that, in every competition, we are going forward".

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