Chelsea boss Conte excited by Bakayoko potential: He'll get the Kante treatment

Paola Ditto
Settembre 17, 2017

However, Conte often claimed that there was still room for improvement from the Frenchman - something he also considers to be the case for summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Bakayoko has made a solid start to life at Stamford Bridge, scoring his first goal in Tuesday's Champions League thumping of Qarabag.

Antonio Conte wants N'Golo Kante's development into "a complete player" to stand as a lesson for Chelsea team-mate Tiemoue Bakayoko. "He's a 23-year-old - don't forget this", Conte told reporters. To have a powerful player in your team is very important, above all in this league. He can improve a lot with the ball. We are working on this aspect.

On what Bakayoko can learn from Kante, he added: 'We did the same with N'Golo when he arrived here.

"We try to play with an identity and if you want to give an identity to your team, every single player needs to know very well your idea of football". Now you can see a complete player - with the ball and without the ball.

"Baka without the ball is a really strong player, a physical player".

Conte, still haunted by league and FA Cup Final losses to Arsenal last season, has worked hard on turning the unassuming Kante into a multi-talented performer who makes Chelsea tick. You know he is a special character, but we all love him.

"Last season I said during many press conferences about N'Golo that he could improve a lot with the ball", said Conte.

How successful he has been so far will depend very much on how quiet Kante and Bakayoko can keep Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez this afternoon.

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