Antonio Conte vows to make Tiemoue Bakayoko a complete player

Antonio Conte vows to make Tiemoue Bakayoko a complete player

Kante received accolades aplenty for his role in Chelsea's triumph, while Conte continually said the France midfielder could improve with the ball.

His arrival sparked Nemanja Matic's surprising exit to Manchester United.

Antonio Conte has told Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to improve the tactical and physical aspects of his game having left the summer signing out of his starting XI to take on Arsenal.

Speaking prior to leaving Bakayoko on the bench, Conte said: 'I think Baka is a good player - he's 23 years old, don't forget this. 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. He can improve a lot with the ball. He can improve a lot with the ball and we are working a lot on this.

"We did the same with N'Golo when he arrived here". If you remember he was very, very good without the ball. Now you can see a complete player - with the ball and without the ball.

"We want to work in the same way with Baka".

Kante last season became the first outfield player to win successive Premier League titles with different clubs, earning both major individual awards in the process.

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

"Last season I said during many press conferences about N'Golo that he could improve a lot with the ball", Conte said. You know he is a special character, but we all love him.

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.