“No injury problems. Someone could be tired, but that is normal. All the players are available. I’m happy for this.”
Eden Hazard, available?
“Now he is available, he is in the list for the squad. He is improving a lot, he is working very strong to be ready. Now I can count on him. I have to decide the right moment and right minutes, but he is available now.
“When there is a bad injury and surgery, it is normal to pay attention for his recovery. Don’t forget he is an important player for us, it is important to play soon and continue to play.”
Danny Drinkwater, how has he fitted in?
“Danny, we are working with him and trying to make him in the best physical condition. It is normal when the transfer window, when you go into another team it’s not simple. He is a good buy for us, he is working very well and has improved his condition and in the squad for the Leicester game but I don’t know when he is ready to play.”
“He played against Israel for the national team, it shows he is in good physical condition. I worked with him for Italy and he knows my style of football. For him it is more simple for him to adapt himself in our style.
“[Is he suited?] I think so.”
Ross Barkley and the ‘ignored’ phone calls
“I don’t like to speak about players in other teams. About this issue, it is ridiculous what I read. It is ridiculous.”
Happy with the transfer market?
“I think the club tried to do their best in the market. Sometimes you are able to buy, sometimes you can’t. The club tried to do their best in the market.”
Anything on Diego Costa?
No. No news. (Turkey) My focus is English football, not Turkey.”
Moving the transfer window, thoughts?
“I agree this decision. It is a good decision. If you have a, program, a plan that it is very clear, it is not important to wait until the end to sell your players. If you decide these players stay and remain there is no problem to this.
“In Italy the views are the same, they didn’t change. The transfer market is always difficult for the coach, you wait for new players and you sometimes lose the players. I don’t love this period. If it’s shorter then it’s good.
“(Next season) If you have a correct plan I don’t see a problem. If you wait until the end you could have a problem. If you have a problem or plan then there shouldn’t be a problem.”
Time to build momentum?
“For us it was a good moment to stop. The international break has allowed us to recover the players well, Hazard for example, and to work with the new players to adapt to our style. Now, tomorrow it is important to start well. September we have seven games in 21 days and must be prepared to face every game in the right way.”
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“What I read was ridiculous.”
Unhappy with Hazard playing for Belgium
“Absolutely no. I spoke with Roberto and we tried the right way to improve the player and his fitness. I was very happy for him to play against Gibraltar and play 30 minutes against Greece. I totally agreed with him.”
Happy with the squad?
“It is difficult to answer, I think you have to wait until the end of the season and then you see and then I can reply very well. The club did their best in this window. Now it’s time to work with these players and I’m very happy to work with the players we have. It’s time to be focused. The window is closed. It’s the past.”
Frustrated by Diego?
“When you are a manager you must be prepared to face this situation. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes difficult. Every manager has great experience to deal with it.”
Enough depth in the squad?
“You have to analyse every game and try to have a plan in your mind. You know very well it is very important to analyse game by game. After Leicester I don’t know if there are injuries/suspensions or not. You have to be good to prepare, and then you have to change. It is very important to play game by game and then to prepare game by game.”
How difficult will Leicester be?
“Very difficult. Two seasons ago they won the title. I think this season I watched their previous game and saw a team very strong, great concentration and focused. They lost a game against Arsenal and at the end we must pay great attention. When you have Vardy and Mahrez you must pay great attention. Great experience with Morgan and Fuchs is the captain of his national team. Two seasons ago they won the league and when you win you are a strong team.”
Harry Maguire like John Terry?
“He has the right characteristic to play for the national team for many years. To compare Maguire and John is very difficult. John played a lot of games for the national team and was a legend of Chelsea. Maguire has the right characteristics to try to copy this career.”
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“He is a good player, a young player. He can improve. He is a wing back, sometimes he can play on the left. He is ready and you will see very soon his performance. This is a great chance, he arrives in a great club and can go into this club with the right mentality.
“Torino is a good team with a great history. There is good pressure there, but to play in another country is not easy. But he has the right characteristics.”