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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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A very disappointed Antonio Conte spoke to the press after the 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace today, the second in a row after the one against Manchester City two weeks ago:

“Today was a difficult game for us. Our start was poor,” the Chelsea boss said after the game.

“We had to start with more personality.

“Despite this we have to find the will to fight.

“This season we have to put 150 per cent because it will be difficult.

“Balance is very important if you want to win, and today our balance was poor.

“They played with great intensity and will to fight.”

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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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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, speaking ahead of next game against Crystal Palace, admitted life “was difficult” alone in London last season, anyway he’s more settled at Chelsea now as his family are based in England.

“Last season was difficult because when you are alone it was all about my job – Conte said – This season there is my job but I go to my house, with my daughter and wife, and we can take the car and try to visit London, Kingston or discover new restaurants. Recently we went with Carlo [Cudicini] to a Brazilian restaurant in Leatherhead”.

The Italian manager added: “Last season was very difficult for my wife because she divided her time between Italy, where she was with my daughter, and me in London. Now for sure it’s great for me and my family. For my daughter it’s a fantastic experience and for my wife, living in a new country and learning a new language is great”.


Not only Chelsea is facing major injury problems ahead of Champions League group stage's game vs As Roma on Wednesday night. Also the Italian side will be without one of his...