Antonio Conte says Michy Batshuayi still has to continue working hard if he wants to force his way into the Chelsea starting XI despite his two-goal performance on Saturday.
The Belgian came off the bench, replacing Alvaro Morata after 60 minutes, to score the Blues’ equaliser against Watford and then wrapped up the three points with a fourth goal in stoppage time.
It secured Chelsea’s first win in the Premier League since before the international break, almost a month ago, but Conte is keen to see the forward keep on improving.
‘It was good for Michy to score two goals,’ Conte told Sky Sports after the match. ‘He had an impact in the game and I’m very happy for him.
‘I think it’s important always to think for the team not just for himself, or myself. We have to think for the team.
‘The goals were important for the team and important for the confidence, but Michy has to continue to work this way and show with every chance he deserves to play.’
Morata struggled to make an impact during his hour on the pitch – mustering just one shot – but Conte refused to be critical of the Spaniard as he works his way back towards full fitness.
He continued: ‘I think we tried to manage the situation. I tried to change something [with the subs] but don’t forget Alvaro played two days ago.
‘He played the whole game and now today. Alvaro is coming back from an injury. His commitment was good but for sure he has to find a good form after an injury but it was good to play the previous game and this game.’