Conte praised Christensen for handling the pressure of such a high-profile game and said the Danish global, who spent the last two years on loan at Borussia Moenchengladbach, was proof that Chelsea's policy of loaning out youngsters worked.
'I think I stay here to speak of the team before the game against West Brom, I like to speak about the team not one single player'.
"If you want to try to catch them, you have to win every game", Conte told reporters today.
"You have a difficulty when you play against a team that is in the relegation zone". "Now it's right for them to play regularly".
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"It's very important for his development, and to come back and play for Chelsea with great maturity. He's young but an important Chelsea player". "Our relationship was very good".
"At the same time I think that we have to respect his professional decision, and I wish for him and his family the best for the present and the future". For sure, it won't be easy because I think Manchester City are very strong.
Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea's back-up for striker Alvaro Morata, will miss the West Brom game with a foot injury while midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who took a knock to his calf against United, returned to training this week.
"You know very well how important football is in Italy. I don't understand why we have to try always to try (to find) a problem". Conte had positive words for them, comparing their progress to that of Andreas Christensen, the 21-year-old Danish defender who has broken into Chelsea's first-team this season. "It will be very hard for the other teams".