Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Watford on Saturday, Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko admitted he needs to improve on the ball while also hitting out at comparisons with former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic.
“My role is about linking up well with the player alongside me, whether it’s N’Golo or Cesc (Fabregas). We all know that N’Golo was named the best player in the Premier League, so I’ve been learning a lot from him,” Bakayoko told Sky Sports.
“I’m not here to do what Matic did. Matic is a player that I really like; he’s a very good footballer. I’m here to play my game, to try to implement what the coach asks.
“I don’t want to do what Matic did here just because I play in the same position as him.
“Antonio Conte is one of the main reasons why I signed for the club. I knew that he was a coach who’d help me improve in terms of tactical awareness.
“Now I need to improve on the ball and there are some little details that need to be smoothed out. I’m improving and in a few weeks’ time, I hope to be have progressed further in all facets of the game.”