Antonio Conte admits striker is finding life difficult at Chelsea

Antonio Conte admits that Michy Batshuayi is struggling to adapt to the rigours of English football at Chelsea

Antonio Conte has admitted that Michy Batshuayi is struggling to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League following his transfer to Chelsea last summer.

The Belgian striker has struggled to make much of an impact at Stamford Bridge after his switch from French side Marseille back in July of last year.

Indeed, the 23-year-old is yet to make a single start in the Premier League for Chelsea this season and has been limited to just 84 minutes of top-flight football so far this term.

Conte feels that Batshuayi needs to continue to fight for a place in the Chelsea first team but concedes that he may find it difficult to earn a spot due to Diego Costa’s brilliant form this season.

Speaking to Chelsea’s website before Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Peterborough, Conte said: “He could be frustrated, especially when you are used to playing every game with Marseille, but when you arrive at a great team like Chelsea you normally have to fight to find a place in the starting 11.

“Michy is finding a lot of difficulty in adapting to this league and the football because it is very physical and is not easy.

“He is only 23 years old, he is young, he can improve a lot and in front of him there is Diego Costa and for this reason, he is finding it a bit difficult to play.”

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Chelsea are flying high at the top of the Premier League table despite their 2-0 loss to Tottenham last week. The Blues are currently five points clear of second-placed Liverpool.

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