?Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his squad were in a state of emergency against Tottenham due to injury problems.
The former Italy boss also conceded that it is difficult to bring through young players while also aiming to win the Premier League, with Chelsea having plenty of talented youngsters on their books, but few getting chances at first-team level.
He said, as quoted by the Daily Mail: “
“If young players stay and play regularly with Chelsea, the question is this: Manchester City and other clubs, are there players from the academy playing regularly? I don’t know.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has made Premier League appearances for Chelsea, but is on loan at Crystal Palace this season, while Tammy Abraham, who scored 23 goals in 41 Championship appearances for Bristol City last campaign, grabbed his first strike in England’s top division for Swansea against the Eagles.
The likes of Ola Aina, Lucas Piazon, Kurt Zouma and Izzy Brown have also departed on temporary deals.