Antonio Conte thanks Diego Costa for Chelsea contribution

Mark Lawrenson says Stoke will hold Chelsea to a draw this weekend

GETTY Mark Lawrenson says Stoke will hold Chelsea to a draw this weekend

As ever, the Blues will have to pay great attention and stay disciplined (no more red cards!). Their strong home form is a reason they have picked up four of their five points, even more impressive when one considers their opponents were Arsenal and Manchester United in those games. Tomorrow it will be really tough and we must be prepared in the tactical and physical aspect, be disciplined. I work with my players, I'm very happy to work with these players.

"It will be important to face this type of situation in the right way".

Conte will have nearly all his players available for the game, including Crash Bakayoko, with only midfielder Danny Drinkwater unable to take part.

"All players are available for tomorrow apart from Drinkwater".

He also suffered a fractured wrist during the match against Arsenal but has continued full training and can play through the injury for his side's upcoming matches. It was a manual accident but he's fit and available for the Stoke game.

Hazard, 26, made his first start of the campaign in the Blues' 5-1 win over Championship outfit Nottingham Forest on Wednesday after making three appearances from the substitutes' bench in the Premier League and Champions League. We have Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and then Manchester City at home. I think he played with good intensity.

Now, Antonio Conte has confirmed that the player is in contention for the game against Stoke this weekend.

Following a question about Diego Costa, after it was announced the club and Atletico Madrid had agreed terms for the transfer of the striker, subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical, Conte thanked the player for his contribution to the Chelsea cause.

"In the last game I felt a really good atmosphere in the changing room, a good link between young and old, for sure I have to give opportunities to these players to show me they're learning and improving to help us in all competitions".

Chelsea's 3-4-3 remains the club's primary formation after Conte won the title with the system last season. "We want to thank him for his efforts last season with us, but not only last season, in the whole period he played for Chelsea". "It is a very important game for us", said Conte.

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