More from Antonio Conte, who praised Eden Hazard after the Chelsea star inspired in today’s 0-4 win over Brighton Hove&Albion at the AMEX Stadium in front of 3,028 away fans.
The Italian said: “Hazard scored twice and for us it is important, but at the same time from tomorrow every single player that scored today has to forget and start again against Arsenal. This is the most important thing , it is another important game”.
Hazard earned an important personal milestone as he got his 100th goal of career.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after his side’s away victory over Brighton at AMEX Stadium earlier this afternoon.
The Italian boss said: “It was a good result for us. Recently we haven’t scored a lot but today we did, today we kept a clean sheet and Brighton created chances. Before the game I think a lot of people had perplexity for suspension and injuries, instead during the game we showed a great personality to be a team. We started the game very well and a good combination. We must be happy for this”.
“Who told this has to pay great attention with the stats as we were unbeaten for 14 games. The press tried to make it seem there were problems, we are doing an important work. To win in this way, to lose with five players less. Despite this we won 4-0 and it means every player deserved to have a chance. I am pleased with the performance”.
“On the bench we had Musonda, Ampadu and Sterling, we had youth and gave them a chance. You have to continue this way. I am very happy because every single player felt this responsibility”.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has to cope with the suspensions of Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez, with also Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill still sidelined due to minor injuries. Moreover, Thibaut Courtois suffered an ankle injury yesterday, while Drinkwater is out as well for the upcoming Premier League clash against Brighton Hove&Albion at AMEX Stadium.
Ross Barkley was included in the provisional squad which travelled to Brighton yesterday. Conte also selected youngsters Ampadu and Sterling alongside with David Luiz, Zappacosta, Eduardo, and Musonda Jr.
And FA Cup hero Willy Caballero is set to make his first Premier League appearance for Chelsea.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has to cope with the suspensions of Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez, with also Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill still sidelined due to minor injuries. Thibaut Courtois suffered an ankle injury yesterday, while Drinkwater is out as well. Ross Barkley was included in the provisional squad which travelled to Brighton yesterday. And team news came up right now:
Brighton Hove&Albion: Ryan, Suttner, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Goldson, Gross, March, Stephens, Propper, Hemed.
Subs: Krul, Hünemeier, Kayal, Baldock, Murray, Izquierdo, Rosenior.
Manager: Chris Houghton
Chelsea: Caballero; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard.
Subs: Eduardo, David Luiz, Zappacosta, Sterling, Ampadu, Barkley, Musonda.
Manager: Antonio Conte
Venue: AMEX Stadium
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his side ‘have to pay great attention’ against Brighton tomorrow evening.
“They played a very good game against us at Stamford Bridge, especially in the first half” Conte reckons.
“They are a really good team with a really good coach. We must pay great attention because we are playing a game in only two days at 12.30 and many players played at 120 minutes and the penalties. We must be focused and tomorrow the game won’t be easy and we must be ready”.
About Alvaro Morata: “It is another problem and in this moment it is a big problem. Morata didn’t play long against Norwich and he was resting for Brighton. I have to change the plan, sometimes you have to change the plan if there is a red card or injury”.
Chelsea travel to Brighton as tomorrow the Blues will face the Seagulls in the Premier League at the AMEX ArenA. Alvaro Morata and Pedro are both suspended after being shown a red card agains Norwich, while also Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill ruled out for the clash.
Conte said: “I think Ross is in a good physical condition. Yesterday he played 70 minutes. Tomorrow he is in the squad and comes with us. I don’t know if during the game I decide to give him the chance to play or wait, or if the game doesn’t ask this type of situation. He has to work with us in our idea. Now he is in the squad”.
“Cahill and Fabregas also, they are out. I need to check on a couple of other situations”.
When asked to provide further comments on Alvaro Morata’s display against Norwich, Conte added: “For sure in the Norwich game the player knows very well his mistake. There was frustration in the first yellow card. You must learn to control himself, because the second yellow card was for dissent. I agree with the player for the first yellow card, but not with him on the second yellow”.
“The striker this situation can happen. For Alvaro this is the first season he is playing a full season and that it might be the first season he is having these problems. You can score, the most important thing is to work hard for the team. Before if you stay on the bench you don’t have this type of situation. He has to move on, we trust him”.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was asked if the board is looking for a replacement in attack as some reports suggested a potential move for Andy Carroll, Edin Dzeko and Peter Crouch.
The italian manager said: “In this moment I can talk about Morata and Batshuayi. It is not right to talk about the characteristics of other players. I have always said that I am happy to work with my players and improve them. Every striker has their own characteristics. Morata and Batshuayi, I am happy to work with my players and I don’t want to talk about other players. It is not right”
“My answer is the same. I am not interested in this conversation. To be respectful for my players and other players of other clubs. This is period is a transfer market, if something happens you are the first media to know the news”.
“As you know very well that it is not right to talk about players on other teams. There is a transfer period and if something happens then you might be the one to know first”.
Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek has suffered an ankle injury which could keep him out of Crystal Palace’s squad for several months, as Roy Hodgson recently confirmed: “The injury is more severe than we first thought it would be” the manager said.
“It is to do with the tendons at the back of his ankle. It has not responded to the conservative treatment of rest that he has been having. The treatment has to continue along this conservative line and then in a matter of a few weeks’ time we will assess it again. If it is still not working by that time it will be five or six weeks since he last played against Arsenal. If it goes beyond that we will be into a situation where people will have to look at it in and see if we need a stronger intervention.”
“It may [need surgery on injured ankle]. His treatment is being handled by doctors at the two clubs. They are liaising and making the decisions. We obviously misled you initially by saying all he needed was to miss a couple games and rest from training and he would be fine. That is what we honestly believed. But it has turned out not to be the case”.
“We do not know how long it would take after the surgery to get him fit again. I would be disappointed, surgery or no surgery, if he is not playing before the end of the season. We certainly want him to be and I would presume Chelsea would want him to be because they would like to have a player who is going to be selected for England. But there is nothing we can do about it. The only way he can make himself available for Crystal Palace or England is to be fit. At the moment that is not the case and he is not fit.”
Loftus-Cheek, who joined the Eagles on a season-long loan from Chelsea, made 16 Premier League appearances scoring once so far, before suffering a “severe injury”. He has not played since December 28th.
Chelsea are keen to land both striker Edin Dzeko and full-back Emerson Palmieri to Stamford Bridge, and look set to place a €50m bid, in which could be included also unsettled star Michy Batshuayi.
AS Roma reportedly want a fee in the region of €65m, anyway talks are still ongoing as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is willing to bolster his squad before the Deadline Day.
Dzeko scored 50 goals in 130 appearances with Manchester City from 2011 to 2015.