Speaking prior to leaving Bakayoko on the bench, Conte said: 'I think Baka is a good player - he's 23 years old, don't forget this.
"He's working very well and he needs a bit more time than other players to understand very well our style of football".
"We did the same with N'Golo when he arrived". We are working about this aspect'. Now you can see a complete player - with the ball and without the ball.
Kante has been an integral part of the last two title-winning sides, with his performances for Chelsea last term earning him the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards. We want to work in the same way to have this process with Baka.
How successful he has been so far will depend very much on how quiet Kante and Bakayoko can keep Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez this afternoon. But the brilliant goal Sanchez scored in the Europa League win over Cologne last Thursday has seemingly changed all that. "I think he is well loved and he's accepted - and he's happy here". You know he is a special character, but we all love him.
The Gunners boss admits that Sanchez's skills and spirit will be crucial - and not just today.
And he added: "You do not the win the cup the way we did without backbone and character".
Conte claims Kante has made significant strides under his direction ago and points to the progress made by the former Leicester City player as evidence of what Bakayoko can achieve.