Michy Batshuayi: 'It Wasn't Always Easy Sitting On the Bench at Chelsea'

Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi has revealed his frustrations at frequently being a substitute at Stamford Bridge after his prolific start to life at Borussia Dortmund.

Batshuayi was loaned out to the Bundesliga club last month, with Chelsea signing Olivier Giroud from Arsenal on a permanent basis as his replacement.

Batshuayi has scored five goals in his first three appearances for Dortmund, helping the club fight for second place in the Bundesliga, and he has spoken of how he has been reinvigorated.

"It wasn't always easy at Chelsea. I'm now playing with a lot of confidence," he told Sporza.

"Sitting on the bench, score a goal and then back to the bench is quite difficult to deal with for an attacker."

The 24-year-old Belgian grew frustrated at the lack of playing time he has at Stamford Bridge, having made the £33 million move from Marseille in the summer of 2016.

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Michy Batshuayi in Dortmund, western Germany, February 15. Batshuayi has scored five times in three games for Borussia Dortmund. PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty

Conte, Chelsea's Italian coach, preferred to use Eden Hazard as a false number nine when Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was unavailable to the squad in the first half of the season.

Batshuayi scored 12 goals in 26 appearances for Chelsea this season, with two coming for the Under-21 team, and only two coming in the Premier League. He was most prolific in the cup competitions, with eight goals in 12 appearances.

But despite scoring just twice in 12 Premier League games for Chelsea, Batshuayi only completed 90 minutes in the league once—a 4-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion which saw him provide an assist.

Batshuayi was used nine times as a substitute but was only brought on before the 70th minute twice, once in a 3-1 win over Huddersfield in which he came on in the 69th minute and once against Watford in the 69th minute. He scored twice at Vicarage Road.

Chelsea's loss has proved to be Dortmund's gain. Manager Peter Stoger described Batshuayi as a "special striker" after his start to life in Germany.

"He is a real goal-getter. We knew about his ratio. It was a good move to bring him here," Stoger told the club website.

"He's been very well-received by the team, he's integrated quickly. You can see he enjoys playing here, that he shares our ideas and objectives. It's a good fit for his personal objectives. He's a special striker."

And what of his former coach, Conte? Batshuayi says the Italian will only be thinking of his team for now.

"I don't know if Conte was watching my game," he said. "They are focusing on the Premier League (FA Cup) and have an important Champions League tie next week. I hope it turns out well for them."