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David Luiz has been out of the squad for more than one month- apparently for a knee injury- even if speculations claim the Brazilian defender fell out with manager Antonio Conte.

Speaking about the former PSG player conditions in his press conference today the Italian boss explained:

“He’s got a big inflammation in his knee and we’re trying to solve this issue with the doctors, but I don’t know when he is able to come back with us, the medical department is trying to solve this.

“He’s working apart, the last days he was working in the swimming-pool, today he was on the pitch to run but he could do that very slowly.

“Every player is frustrated when he doesn’t play, especially when you got an injury, every player wants to take part to training sessions, they want the coach to have issues for his choices.

“Of course it’s frustrating because you cannot be in contention for the competition.”

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Speaking ahead Premier League clash against Southampton Chelsea boss Antonio Conte warned his players to not lose more points in order to remain in the title race and be able to stay attached to Manchester United, who sit second in the table with three more points:

“To me tomorrow is a tough game for us,” the Italian tactician explained during his press conference today.

Southampton are a good team with a lot of talent, I would have preferred them to win against Leicester instead of losing that way, we must pay great attention because they are very strong, fast and play very well in counter-attack. [They got] lot of good players like Charlie Austin, Dusan Tadic, Shane Long….I have a feeling we will suffer tomorrow.

“If you don’t pay attention you can drop points also against West Ham, like we did this season, we dropped points against Crystal Palace, that at that time was at the bottom of the table, I am bit surprised to find Southampton in this position, because their potential is bigger than this.”

Speaking about Manchester City, who are absolute leaders of the Premier League and have got 14 more points, Conte claimed:

“Man City is not a surprise for me, but maybe also for you, at the start of the season all people said this league was for two contenders, the Manchester sides, they did a great transfer market. Man City is building a strong team to lead in Europe and in the world, not only in England.

“We must pay great attention because they are a really good team, when you have a 15 wins in a row run you must be also lucky, in many games they had last minute winners, we are tying to find a solution to contend the title, also Man United, Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal have to do this.

“Time is moving on and they are continuing to win, we must be realistic because in the last nine games we won seven and drew one, against Liverpool, to maintain a 14 points gap….we must go game by game, we have to look at ourselves. When you play at home and you have a bad defeat like they did against Leicester there is a great attention from the players and the coach because you don’t want a bad run, Man City won against them only at 96′.”

The Italian boss also spoke about his two “number 9” strikers, Michy Batshuayi and Alvaro Morata:

Michy Batshuayi is part of my squad. He was out for three weeks because he had a problem in his ankle and struggled a bit to get the best physical condition, now he’s in a good form, if you compare to last season he is playing, only when he was injured he didn’t play, he started in the Community Shield, I am trying to take the best decisions for my team.

On Morata:

“He’s better, he trains with us, he’s been training with us for two days, he’s in contention for this game.”

To people comparing the Spaniard to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, Conte replied:

I think they are two different players, they got different characteristics, Drogba wrote the history of this club, he was also very continue in his playing, I guess he was more powerful than Alvaro.

“Morata has a lot of space to grow, he’s physically strong and he’s a technical player as well.”

Speaking about David Luiz, who has been out of the squad for more than one month- apparently for a knee injury- Conte said:

“He’s got a big inflammation in his knee and we’re trying to solve this issue with the doctors, but I don’t know when he is able to come back with us, the medical department is trying to solve this.

“He’s working apart, the last days he was working in the swimming-pool, today he was on the pitch to run but he could do that very slowly.

“Every player is frustrated when he doesn’t play, especially when you got an injury, every player wants to take part to training sessions, they want the coach to have issues for his choices.

“Of course it’s frustrating because you cannot be in contention for the competition.”

Conte, anyway, revealed that – apart from Luiz- he’s got no other injuries for tomorrow’s clash against Southampton.

The Blues boss concluded speaking about next January transfer window:

“I think is right to have a meeting with the club about January transfer market, I stay here to work, I am a coach, for this issue you have to speak with the club.

“As you know really well I can give my opinion to my club, but last word is theirs, I have to respect every decision of my club, this is very clear.”

 

 

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho is willing to reunite with Chelsea star Willian at Old Trafford.

The former Blues boss and the Brazilian winger have always got a huge mutual respect for each other and a move to the Red Devils could be possible since he is starting to grow frustrated as he is lacking with opportunities under Antonio Conte this year.

Man United have already shown interest for Willian but Chelsea do not wish to sell during next January transfer window unless they receive an extraordinary offer.

The Brazilian, anyway, spoke about his future following Chelsea’s midweek win over Huddersfield Town and said the club’s fans can be calm as he is happy at the West London side.

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Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly is not concerned about a potential Eden Hazard move out of the West London club.

With Real Madrid keeping to track the Belgian star and ready to place an unbelievable bid to sign him, Desailly reckons Chelsea would be prepared to face his departure:

“Even when Drogba left, one of the great players, the spirit of the club continued,” the former Blues captain told Goal.com.

“They continued to win. We will be sad if Hazard has to go but I am sure that Roman Abramovich is still passionate about the club. He will bring in another player that can allow the club to be at the same level again.”

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Chelsea star Eden  Hazard has explained how Antonio Conte’s advice worked in their win against Huddersfield Town tonight:

“When we are playing this, you know… [loads of laughter] it’s easy to play!

“No to be fair it’s good. It’s good movement. The manager wants us to move a lot,” the Belgian player revealed after the game.

“We tried to not always stay in the same position.

“On the ball I think it is this. Willian move. I saw him.

“I passed to him. Passed to Bakayoko and it’s a goal,” Hazard concluded.

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After being criticised after several dissapointing performances this season Tiemoue’ Bakayoko got his little sweet revenge tonight scoring the opener and being one of the best on the pitch in the 3-1 win against Huddersfield Town.

Blues manager Antonio Conte was really pleased to praise him after the match:

“He played a good game tonight and I am very happy for him,” the Italian tactician said.

“He is 22 years old and is adapting himself in our idea of football.

“Maybe tonight I saw the best performance from Baka and I started to see what I ask and what I want. To find the right passing between the line, be solid and I am very pleased for him and it will have improved his performance.

“I am not worried about him. He is showing me to have the right desire and will to improve and try to be better. I want to be very clear, after the first half I decided to make this substitution, but it was tactical and I explained in the changing room. It was only tactical, not that he was playing bad but that I changed him with Pedro and to be more offensive because West Ham played with 11 players behind the ball. If I don’t trust him tonight he doesn’t start, in a big game with a lot of problems, it means I trust him and all my players. In the last game we changed a few players.”

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Despite a good win at Huddersfield Town tonight Chelsea boss Antonio Conte still believes is side cannot challenge in this season title race: the gap from Manchester City is too tough to reduce, as the Italian manager stated again after the game:

“We have 14 points less than Manchester City. They have won 15 and drew 1. In 17 games we lost four games, when you have a competitor like Manchester City that is winning it is very difficult to think you can win the title, it’s bullshit, bullshit. I would rather tell the truth than a good lie. Sometimes I can be too honest, I like to speak to the players and fans.

“It doesn’t mean that we are not going to try to catch them. This league is very difficult and to drop points. When you have a team that have 16 games and 15 wins and draw one game it is not simple to think in a positive. In the last 9 games we won seven games, drew and lost one games but despite this we are now 11 points and they play tomorrow so the distance might be 14 points.

“They are having a fantastic path but we must go game by game, there are six teams to fight for the title and the Champions League and we have to look to improve and have this type of game and I enjoyed to watch them play like this.”

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West Ham manager David Moyes praised his players after the impressive display and win against Chelsea today

“It was a really good start to the game by us and then we got a goal, which was really well worked,” the Scottish coach said.

“Then it was a very disciplined, organised performance. Maybe with a little bit more quality at times we could have got ourselves a second or a third goal, especially on the counter.

“I think going into the game we had taken confidence from the City game because of the performance, but ultimately we got nothing out of it. Today there was a bit of similarity, we need to stop conceding goals because I think we have got players that can score. We kept a clean sheet.

“We had a good plan and organisation to see how we could hurt Chelsea a little bit but make sure their quality and ability wouldn’t overrun us.”

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Antonio Conte is convinced that Chelsea couldn’t perform against West Ham today because his players were tired after an intense period of games:

“Maybe today many players were tired,” he told Sky Sports after the defeat against Hammers.

“Also because we made a lot of mistakes in the final decision, important decision and it means we are a bit tired.

“But when you play every game in two days almost always with the same players, it can happen.’

 

 

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was clearly disappointed after the Blues defeat at West Ham, admitting his side was poor in this afternoon clash:

“I thought we were miles off it from the start of the game. We allowed them to get the early goal which was a poor goal to concede on our behalf because we’ve been tight at the back of late,” Cahill told Sky Sports.

“We tried to get back into the game but that laboured start carried on throughout the game. We just didn’t play our stuff. They got the ball and then sat behind the ball, trying to hit us on the break.

“It’s frustrating in terms of wasting a bit of time, which was clever play from them, but we weren’t at the races today for whatever reason. It’s very disappointing to come off and feel like that.

“There was no lack of effort there, that’s not the case, it’s just that things weren’t going for us. The passing was off, we didn’t create as much as we have been doing for whatever reason. It’s disappointing because we had a chance and to give up chances like that can hurt you.”

It was the second game in five days for Chelsea after their 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in Champions League last Tuesday, but Cahill refused to use that as a reason for the performance in a match he felt they had to win.

“I’m one to sit here and make excuses. The fact is we’ve got loads of games, we played in the Champions League and get the early kick off on Saturday, and they’re the facts, that’s what is happening.

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