Antonio Conte insists Pedro had been keeping Willian on the bench

Antonio Conte insists Pedro had been keeping Willian on the bench

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Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte had reveals Pedro had been keeping Willian out of starting XI simple because the Spanish winger is in better form than his rival.

The Brazilian however, has made just one appearance for the Blues in November following the passing of his mother.

Willian was given time off following her death  but returned to Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago and has only appeared as a substitute in Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Tottenham.

It has been suggested that the Brazilian winger struggling to come to terms with losing his mother but the Italian manager insists he’s out of the starting line-up due to Pedro’s great form.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Willian of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

‘Pedro is playing great football. He’s enjoying this type of football and showing his quality,’ said Conte.

‘It’s not easy for me to make the decision between him and Willian but he’s playing very well and deserved to play [against Spurs].

‘I’m very happy for him and [Victor] Moses, another player who in pre-season you wouldn’t think would be in the starting XI.

‘Pedro scored a great goal but he worked a lot for the team, that’s what I want to see and it’s important to continue in this way.

‘It’s also important for us to see Willian after a bad period for him.’

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