Antonio Conte was impressed by his Chelsea youngsters as they helped overcome Everton 2-1 on Wednesday night to book a place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
Antonio Rudiger put the Blues ahead on 26 minutes before Willian made the match safe in added time at the end of the second half, although there was time for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score a consolation only two minutes later.
Charly Musonda, Kenedy and Ethan Ampadu – who is just 17 years old – were all included in the starting XI against the Toffees and Conte liked what he saw.
“The performance was very good in the first half where we created chances to score,” the Italian said. “In the second half I think we suffered a bit, but it’s normal when you play against Everton. They are a good team and they have just changed the coach.
“This type of situation the players want to try and give more. It was a very dangerous game for us but I am very happy. I saw a lot of positive things, especially the young players.
“Musonda, Kenedy and Ethan Ampadu played a good game. They deserve a chance and I am very happy because they gave me the answer I wanted.
“With this type of game, the young players are improving. To see Ampadu tonight is important. If we have patience we have young players we can work to improve them and the team to give them more opportunities.”