Antonio Conte: Summer signing still learning Chelsea’s philosophy, he’s improving
The Chelsea manager delivers his verdict on Michy Batshuayi's performance in 4-0 win against Brentford
Antonio Conte has praised Michy Batshuayi’s improvement at Chelsea after the striker got on the score sheet in their 4-0 win against Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round.
The Belgium international was handed a rare start in the cup after struggling to usurp Diego Costa as Chelsea’s first-choice striker in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign.
Batshuayi seized his chance to impress the Chelsea manager and the Stamford Bridge supporters, though, as he teed up Pedro Rodriguez for the west London side’s second goal after Willian had made the breakthrough earlier in the first half.
Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic extended Chelsea’s lead before Batshuayi completed the rout from the penalty spot to secure the west London side’s place in the FA Cup fifth-round draw.
Speaking to his post-match media conference on Saturday evening after Chelsea’s landslide victory, Conte said:
“To score a goal is always important for a player, above all a forward. His performance was good, I saw great commitment, he worked very hard for the team, for sure he is improving step by step.
“He is increasing his knowledge about our idea of football, our philosophy. It’s important now he continues to work and shows us the right commitment and will to improve.”
Batshuayi moved to Chelsea in a £34m deal from French side Lille in the summer transfer window.
The Chelsea striker has now scored five times in the 2016-17 campaign in all competitions.