Zouma to return as Conte rests players for Cup clash

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “We have nothing to lose so we will try and get between Chelsea’s lines, win some corners and get some shots off on goal.“We will try and play on the front foot, like we do in every game.“We are going there full of confidence and we gave the players two days off in order to freshen their minds and bodies.“It’s a massive match for the club and we don’t want to leave anything behind on the pitch.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely He hinted 22-year-old Zouma was ready to come into his three-man backline for Premier League games should injuries occur to David Luiz, Gary Cahill or Cesar Azpilicueta.“I don’t think we need another central defender,” said Conte.“Kurt Zouma is ready to start. I’m pleased for him. He’s in the starting XI. Also for him, it’s a good opportunity to show me he’s in good form.“His injury was very bad, very bad. I knew this and I talked with my club about it and for this reason we knew Kurt needed more time to recover.“But now he’s in good shape and ready to play and restart his career.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books View comments LATEST STORIES Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federercenter_img 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round MOST READ Klopp hopes reserves can avoid FA Cup slip-up Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Football players Kurt Zouma, Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi attend Hublot x Chelsea FC event in Los Angeles at Sony Pictures Studios on July 28, 2016 in Culver City, California. Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Hublot/AFPAntonio Conte is set to bring Kurt Zouma and Michy Batshuayi into the Chelsea side for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie with League One side Peterborough United.The Blues manager will rest a number of his first-team players against the third tier outfit, four days after seeing their 13-league game winning run come to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Play on the front foot’Batshuayi has been forced to wait for his chance since arriving in a £33 million move from Marseille at the start of the season.Conte admits it has taken the 23-year-old Belgium international longer than he had hoped to adapt to the rigors of English football.“Diego is doing very well but playing a lot. For Michy it’s a good opportunity to show me his promise,” said Conte.“It’s not easy to arrive in England in this league and adapt when he’s a striker and young player, because this league is very physical.“But he’s working a lot and I’m seeing he’s improving and getting the idea about our football.“It’s a good opportunity to show that he deserves to play more in future.”Peterborough lie eighth in League One and travel to Stamford Bridge on the back of a good run of form that has brought three wins followed by three draws in their last six matches.That has lifted confidence among Grant McCann’s side and the manager insists he will not be asking his side to change their style for the meeting with the Premier League leaders.“I’m not making changes just because it’s Chelsea,” said McCann. Conte revealed he plans to start Zouma in his defense against Peterborough, 11 months after the French defender ruptured cruciate knee ligaments facing Manchester United.The 47-year-old Italian also confirmed Batshuayi will start up front, most likely in place of leading striker Diego Costa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnZouma has been back in training for weeks, with Conte cautious in bringing him back into the first-team fold after such a severe injury.The former Italy national coach has confirmed he is looking to buy new players in January, but not in central defesce. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’last_img

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