Bertrand Traore has earned Chelsea chance - manager Guus Hiddink
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink claims Bertrand Traore has earned his chance to lead the the Blues' 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 Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
French striker Loic Remy was surprisingly left on the bench in favour of Traore against the Potters. And the 20-year-old grabbed his chance on only his second Blues start by firing in a memorable goal from 20 yards.
"You see in parts of the game that he has quality,'' said Hiddink. "He has shown that already when he has come on. It's a little bit different when you start at Stamford Bridge from the beginning.
"You can see he has quality but young players have to try to control and dominate 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 in a healthy way. If they show what they do in training then it will be rewarded.''
Traore's 39th-minute strike appeared to have put Chelsea on their way to a fourth successive win, but Mame Biram Diouf snatched a draw for Stoke five minutes from time.