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Chelsea's Traore deserves his chance to impress, insists Hiddink

Published 07/03/2016

Bertrand Traore
Bertrand Traore

Guus Hiddink claims Bertrand Traore has earned his chance to lead the Chelsea attack.

Diego Costa was missing from the side which drew 1-1 with Stoke to rest a minor tendon injury but is expected to be fit for the Champions League crunch against Paris St-Germain on Wednesday.

French striker Loic Remy was left on the bench in favour of Traore against the Potters.

And the 20-year-old grabbed his chance by firing in a memorable goal from 20 yards before Mame Diouf equalised five minutes from time.

"He has quality," said Stamford Bridge boss Hiddink.

"He has shown that already when he has come on. It's a little bit different when you start at Stamford Bridge.

"You can see he has quality but young players have to try to control their nerves and you could see that at the beginning. But he showed with the goal that he has the capacity to do a lot.

"The strikers compete amongst themselves. If they show what they do in training then it will be rewarded."

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