Conte reacts to Drinkwater’s display in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Everton
Antonio Conte reacts to Danny Drinkwater's first appearance in a Chelsea shirt on Wednesday night
Antonio Conte heaped praise on Danny Drinkwater after the 27-year-old made his first appearance for Chelsea in the 2-1 League Cup victory over Everton on Wednesday night.
The midfielder signed for the west London side from Leicester City in the summer transfer window but has been made to wait for his first run-out in a Chelsea shirt due to his injury struggles.
Drinkwater played for 62 minutes as he helped Chelsea to secure victory over Everton on Wednesday night.
The England international is still working his way back to full fitness for the west London side, but Conte was pleased by what he saw from Drinkwater on Wednesday night.
Speaking at his post-match news conference, Conte said: “We will have three games before the international break and to see him fit 100 per cent may be after the international break.
“I can count him in games now. If I decide to play with three midfielders, it’s very important.”
Drinkwater will be hoping to be involved when Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday evening with a crunch clash against Bournemouth away from home.
The west London side head into that game on the back of their 4-2 victory over Watford at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Conte’s side are currently fourth in the Premier League table and nine points behind leaders Manchester City after nine games of the new campaign.