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Chelsea boss Conte compares Chalobah with Christensen: Players must find right path

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is happy counting on Andreas Christensen this season.

Conte used the examples of Christensen and Nathaniel Chalobah, who moved to Watford in search of more regular football, to discuss the subject of talented young players breaking into the first team at the biggest clubs.

"Last season Chalobah had the chance to play, but don't forget we won the league and our midfielders were Matic, Kante and Fabregas," explained the Blues boss.

"You have to consider all of these components. Chalobah was our fourth midfielder and he had the chance to play but it's normal that if you want to play regularly with a great club you must deserve to play. To play in Kante's place, Matic's place or Fabregas's place, if you show you are better than these players I'm ready to do it.

"Now we have a clear example with Andreas Christensen. He played on loan for two years with Borussia Monchengladbach, now he's in our squad and he's played in nearly every game. He's ready to play in the Champions League and play from the start with us. For young players it's important to find the right path and have good experience to be ready to play for Chelsea.

"Every coach wants to win. I don't care if a player is young or old. If a 36-year-old makes me happy and helps me to win I will put him in and it's the same for a 16-year-old, I'm ready to do it. Don't forget, my first appearance in Serie A was when I was just 16. I think I'm the first person to trust the young players if they deserve the chance and give me the possibility to win, because I want to win, not lose.

"When you start your career with a team who doesn't fight for the title it's easier to find space because the clubs try to give chances to the young players so they can sell them. It's an enormous difference to start your career with a team who fights for the title, compared to one who is fighting relegation or in a normal position."

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