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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident ahead of next Champions League clash against AS Roma despite the Blues’ last double disappointing defeat against Manchester City and then Crystal Palace. 

“We have to find the strength to overcome this moment, – Conte told Chelsea’s official website – I know my squad and my players very well. I have players with great will to work and to fight”.

“We must be unhappy after a defeat, above all if the defeat is not one but two in a row. This is not a positive moment for many reasons. We are playing without important players and every game we are having a new injury, but I trust all my players and I try to give everyone the opportunity to take their chance”.

“Every season is different. – Conte added – Last season we didn’t play in the Champions League or Europa League. This season we are facing four competitions. We are having a few problems to do this because when you have three or four injuries you are in trouble”.

“This season we have to try to build something important for the future, to give possibilities to the new players to get more experience in this league, and to give opportunities to the young players to show they deserve to stay and play for Chelsea. We must have patience this season. It won’t be easy”.

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill believes the Blues “at this moment in time are not having the best of luck with injuries”.

The England international defender told Chelsea’s official website: “We are in a difficult moment in terms of missing players. It’s not a huge squad and that plays a part, but nevertheless we have got enough out there to produce a much better performance than what we did. The effort was there but the quality? We can definitely do better than that”.

“We are massively disappointed first and foremost with the result but also the quality of the performance we put in. – Cahill added – We need to do more. The best thing when you have a performance like that is to play as soon as possible. We have got an important game coming up midweek and we know we can do better”.

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Swansea are sitting 13th in the Premier League table with 8 points after beating Huddersfield at home today.

Chelsea loanee striker Tammy Abraham scored twice in the Swans’ first home win this season. The England international has scored 4 goals in 7 games so far after joining the Welsh side on a season-long loan from the Blues in summer.

“Nice to get two today – Abraham wrote on TwitterCrowd were amazing like always, great team performance by everyone today”.

 

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Chelsea remain 9 points behind Manchester City after losing a crucial clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park today, while Pep Guardiola’s men sealed a massive victory at home. Stoke City were trashed with 7 goals from Gabriel Jesus, Sterling, David and Bernardo Silva, Sané and Fernandinho.

The Citizens are enjoying a 1st place with 22 points, 2 above Manchester United and 5 above Tottenham Hotspur, who grabbed their first win at Wembley against Bournemouth in the afternoon thanks to a goal from Christian Eriksen.

Chelsea are struggling as they remain 5th with only 13 points from 8 games. Next week the Blues host Watford, who produced an impressive start with 15 points so far and are currently above the Premier League champions in 4th position.

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Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace, who earned a vital first win for the relegation battle. The Eagles scored for the first time breaking their goal drought thanks to Cesar Azpilicueta‘s own-goal and Wilfried Zaha.

Liverpool produced a goalless draw with Manchester United, who remain 2nd with 20 points, just behind Manchester City. Watford are impressing game after game and stay above Arsenal after beating the Gunners with late goals by Troy Deeney and Tom Cleverley earlier this evening.

Also Burnley are level on points with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal as Sean Dyche’s men earned one point in a tough clash against West Ham United today.

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Michy Batshuayi was among the players who started today’s game against Crystal Palace, but was substituted after 57′ as Pedro came off the bench in a tough second half.

And London Evening Standard journalist Simon Johnson believes the Belgian striker has definitively ran out of patience with Antonio Conte.

“Batshuayi couldn’t hide his anger as he stormed to the bench” we read. Meanwhile Tammy Abraham, who’s currently on loan to Swansea (following a successful loan spell to Bristol City last season), netted a brace in their clash against Huddersfield this afternoon.

The former Olympique Marseille star joined Chelsea on a £33.1m move last year.

 

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Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat in the Premier League clash against Crystal Palace today, but the hamstring injury suffered by Victor Moses could add fuel to fire as the Blues are currently without N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater in midfield as well as Alvaro Morata.

The Nigerian winger was forced from the pitch in the first half, being replaced by latest summer signing Davide Zappacosta.

 

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Two key players like N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata are missing today, how will Chelsea manager Antonio Conte cope with this shortage?

“We must always take the best decisions – Conte told SkySportsHQ ahead of the game – They are both important players for us and I hope my decisions are good”. 

“I am expecting a tough game against Crystal Palace, my players know very well them and they won at Stamford Bridge last season, so we must pay great attention today”.

Chelsea have the best away score in Europe: “It’s good for us, but the way we play is the same: if we play at home or away we try to put on the pitch always the right mentalty, the same spirit”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte made several changes in the XI squad to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Defensive duo formed by Victor Moses and David Luiz replace Rudiger and Christensen, with Willian and Batshuayi respectively for injured stars N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea starting XI to face Crystal Palace: (3-4-3) Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard.

On the other hand, Roy Hodgson has made four changes from the squad which suffered a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United two weeks ago. Wilfried Zaha, Julian Speroni, Scott Dann and James McArthur will feature against Chelsea today.

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Chelsea will face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League Matchday 8 (kick-off 3PM BST). Official lineups for the upcoming game have been announced:

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Schlupp, van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Cabaye, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha

Subs: Henry, Tomkins, Fosu-Mensah, Kaikai, Sako, Puncheon, Riedewald

Manager: Roy Hodgson

ChelseaCourtois, Alonso, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Moses, Fabregas, Willian, Bakayoko, Hazard, Batshuayi

Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Pedro, Musonda, Zappacosta, Christensen, Scott

Manager: Antonio Conte

Venue: Selhurst Park

Kick-Off: 3pm BST

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