Chelsea manager Antonio Conte liked what he saw from Ethan Ampadu after handing the young defender a start in Wednesday’s League Cup win over Bournemouth.
The 17-year-old Wales international started in the 2-1 win over the Cherries, finishing the match despite picking up a yellow card in the second minute at Stamford Bridge.
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"It is not simple for a defender to play after a yellow card in the second minute but he showed great maturity and personality," Conte said.
"I said in the past that this player, despite his young age, has shown great maturity.
"I do not like to make gifts for someone. If they deserve it, I am ready to play with very young players. Why not? Ampadu deserved to play this game, and against Everton and Huddersfield in the league.
"Now he has to stay calm. He could have a great future, but he has to continue in this way, to improve and to work."
Alvaro Morata scored the winner just one minute after Dan Gosling’s 90th-minute equaliser for the Cherries. The Spaniard replaced Michy Batshuayi late on but will miss Saturday’s league clash with Everton after picking up a yellow card in his celebration.
"He is a big loss for us, especially because we have to play a tough game against Everton," Conte said. "It is a pity.
"[But] we must be happy with this achievement, to reach a semi-final in one of the two cups in England.
"It is great for us, especially because we reached the semi-final with a lot of rotation. I am very happy because I have had a good response from my players."