The Belgium international will not be rushed into action by Conte after returning from an ankle injury.

Eden Hazard played 12 minutes from bench in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Leicester City and Conte says he will be patient about bringing the Belgian into the fold gradually.

“He is in the group, in the squad and is working well to find the best physical condition,” Conte said.

“He needs a bit of time to continue to improve and we must not take a stupid risk with him. He will come on to the bench.

“He is an amazing player, we are looking forward to having him in our squad. He is an important player for us, we were forced to play without him through injury. We tried to win every game.”

When asked about the chances of winning the Champions League, Antonio Conte said:

“The chances this season? I don’t know,” he said.

“If you ask me the chances of last season to win the title in England it was zero. Instead we changed totally the opinion of people.

“When you play this type of competition you play to try to do your best and try to win every game, to go step by step. I think we’re building something important for the present, but above all for the future.

“You start the competition in the same way as the other teams.”

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