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Antonio Conte discusses the possibility of deploying Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi together


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says strikers Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi could play together from the start in future games.

The two scored late goals to help their side take all three points against Watford on Saturday afternoon.

And the Italian believes there is no reason why the two shouldn't play together from the very first minute of upcoming games.

"Usually when new players come on during the game it happens that there is a great impact," Conte said after the game.

"I'm pleased for [Victor] Moses, for Cesc [Fabregas], for [Michy] Batshuayi because their impact was very good. It's important for me, this. It shows the great spirit of the team, the right attitude, the right commitment.

"I understand when you don't start the game usually you aren't happy. The manager must choose the starting XI and then try to find the right solution during the game. We saw this in these two games.

"I repeat: I'm happy for the commitment and attitude of the players. It shows a good family, a good team.

"He [Diego Costa] has scored two goals but I would prefer him to have scored before the end! Diego is working very hard like the other players.

"He can improve a lot with work. He is an important player for us. It's important for him to always stay concentrated on the game and not think about the other situations.

"Also Batshuayi is a young player with great potential who can improve a lot. They can play together not only during the game but also at the start of the game."

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