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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte confirmed three major injury blows for the Carabao Cup game against Everton.

The Italian coach revealed that summer signing Danny Drinkwater is still unavailable to make his debut due to a lingering calf injury.

Fellow midfielder N’Golo Kante remains sidelined with a hamstring problem suffered while on international duty with France earlier this month and wing-back Victor Moses is out with a similar issue.

“I think for the game against Everton, it is impossible to recover for Drinkwater,” Conte told Chelsea official website.

“Moses needs more time and so does Kante.”

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Antonio Conte and Chelsea fans have an amazing relationship, this is no mystery.

Speaking to the club official website ahead of Everton clash in the Carabao Cup, the Italian boss praised them and thanked them for their support, even in a not positive moment like the one that Chelsea are going through right now:

“I think my relationship with the fans is incredible. They always support me, from my first game against West Ham, they prepared a big Italian flag in the stands. I think the feeling with the fans is incredible and I feel pressure to repay this. They call my name, and me and my players want to give great satisfaction to our fans because they deserve this.

“I trust in my work, I give all myself in my work and I feel the pressure to give satisfaction to my players, our fans and the club, because I ask a lot of myself.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed that, as expected, he will rotate some players against Everton in Wednesday night League Cup clash:

“I think for the game against Everton it is a good opportunity to give a chance to young players like Charly Musonda and Kenedy, the Italian manager revealed.

“They are young but they deserve this chance because they are working very well, they are improving and to see the improvement during a tough game against Everton, I think is important for the club.”

 

Everton boss Ronald Koeman was sacked today after a very disappointing start of the season.

The Toffees are next Chelsea rivals in the League Cup, with the clash schedule for this Wednesday night.

The club are in the first relegation spot in the Premier League table and collected 3 defeats, 1 draw and 1 win in the last five games, the last one yesterday at home with Arsenal, with the Gunners winning for 5-2.

This is the statement Everton released:

Some of the contenders for the Toffees manager job are Sean Dyche, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes and ex Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.

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Michy Batshuatyi was Chelsea man of the match in yesterday’s win against Watford: the Belgian entered the pitch for Alvato Morata when the team were losing 2-1 and immediately made an impact on the game, finding the equaliser some minutes later with a perfect header.

After Cesar Azpilicueta scored the winner with two minutes to go, the Belgian striker found the goal that sealed the game during injury time.

In the post match press conference Blues boss Antonio Conte wanted to praise him for his precious contribution in this important win:

“Don’t forget Michy is a young player. For him this is the first big experience with a great team.

“Today the impact was incredible and important, it must continue in this way: work, work, work.

“To have the passion to improve and understand he has to wait for his moment and then when he has the chance to show he has improved.”

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Chelsea are not going through a brilliant moment and Blues boss Antonio Conte is under pressure in this special moment, with the team that have been failing to deliver in the last month.

The west London side collected two defeats, one draw and one win in the last month, but also the last two games were on the brink until the last moment, with the risk of losing them until the last minutes and poor performances by the team.

This is the reason why Conte was asked if he is feeling a special pressure in this delicate period, with some rumours of an imminent sacking going around in the past days:

“I must be honest. I feel a lot of pressure but not this type of pressure, if the club decide to sack me,” the Italian manager said after yesterday’s last minute win against Watford.

“Honestly I will never be worried for this. Never. The pressure is I want for my players and to give satisfaction for my fans. I feel this type of pressure.

“When I go to my house I am happy because I know I am putting 150 per cent for my club and my players are doing the same.

Conte explained why the team are going through this negative moment:

“The confidence is not high for the players. I think to overcome this type of moment, it makes you stronger.

“I think today when we were at 2-1 down it was a very difficult moment. Maybe the worst moment for us. To come back it was important.

“It means these players have great heart, a great desire to not accept these situations.”


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Antonio Conte will probably have just one first team squad midfielder for tomorrow’s clash against Watford, as the Italian manager himself revealed during a press conference today maybe only Cesc Fabregas will be fully fit to play among the midfielders, as Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante are both still recovering from their long-term injuries and Tiemoué Bakayoko didn’t feel very well after the Champions League game against Roma:

“Honestly at the moment I cannot say nothing about the starting XI for tomorrow,” Conte told the press.

“I have many doubts, I have 24 hrs to recover some players, maybe Fabregas will be the only fit midfielder.

“For sure tomorrow the game will be very tough, because Watford are a good team, they got a good position in the table, but after two defeats we want to come back to win.

“It can happen to lose some games, after [the win against] Atletico we played a tough game after only two days, maybe this can be the only regret, when we played at Crystal Palace it was after international break, and then Roma after three days.”

Asked if he changed something in his training method respect to last season, Conte said:

“I don’t know about this, my method is the same of last season, when we won the league, we are working maybe 70% less in this season, that’s why we have troubles.

“We play every three days, so it’s impossible to work in technical and physical aspect like the past year.

“After two defeats in a row I am happy for the commitment and the efforts of my players, but if you ask me about the last results, I am not happy, no coach can be happy after two defeats and one draw.”

Conte was also asked if he can handle the pressure he’s under in this delicate moment of his Chelsea experience:

“I think every manager has to feel the pressure, I try to put all myself in my job, I am happy when I go to my house because I put myself 100% in my job.”

When asked if he was regretting replying to José Mourinho‘s comments ( “some manager always cry about injuries”) the Italian coach replied:

I don’t regret replying to him, every manager has to talk about his job, himself, his team, his players, not the others. Every coach has to focus on his own work, it’s the best way to work.”

And when the journalist insisted on a comment on this topic, Conte replied:

“For me this is a stupid issue, it’s funny you’re sot interested in it.”

Asked about Danny Drinkwater‘s recovery from his calf injury and if he could risk the former Leicester midfielder in the next games Conte said:

“Danny is progressing well, now he has started to work in some part of the sessions with us, now it’s important for him to improve his physical conditions, but he’s progressing well.

“First of all it’s important to recover him very well, if I play him I will have a not fit player and maybe he will pick up another injury, 40 days have already passed, but we must have more patience and wait the right moment.”

About N’Golo Kante’s recovery from his hamstring injury, Conte said:

“I hope to have him back very soon, before the inter nation break, he is progressing well, the scan was better than before, he has started to work, not with the group. Back with Man United? It could be an option, but if he is available before, like in the away game at Rome, I will be very happy.

“I think that we have to try everything to win the game, their effort and commitment was very good and positive against Manchester City and against Roma, it’s important to win, we’re working to try to win the next game.”

“Now our priority it’s to be focused and to go game by game, every opponent can be dangerous for different reasons, we have to go game by game to try to win the game and put ourselves in a better condition.

“When you have to play four competition this is the path you must follow, to play every game with the same players is a big problem, in this way it’s impossible to work well, the game is not training, it’s different.

“If you compare the situation with Tottenham last season, don’t forget that we lost a lot of big players, a lot of players that wrote the history of this club, we signed five players and we are trying to repeat something important, but it’s normal you have to pay something in this situation.”

Questioned if he regrets to play David Luiz in the midfield against Roma, Conte said:

“When you have the necessity to do this I am not happy, because I think every player has his own role, but I think sometimes you have to adapt and you must pay for this, it’s normal.”

On tomorrow’s rival, this what the Blues boss claimed:

“I think they are doing very well, they did a really good transfer market, I’m very happy for Pozzo family, I know them very well and they have great knowledge of football, but surely tomorrow I want to ready to beat them.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill claims a busy schedule can help his team to rediscover the best form.

The Blues suffered two defeats and one draw in the last three games and still have to play five important matches in the next three weeks, before mid November international break:

It does take a toll,” Cahill said about the busy fixture.

“Certainly it is because you are playing every three days and the recovery in between is short. 

“Alongside that we are having important injuries and everyone knows we don’t have a humongous squad. I don’t want to look at them as excuses, they are facts. 

“But I think we have to look at the amount of games we are playing as a help because when you’re trying to recover the form you’re capable of, and showed last season, you need games to do that, you need games to put it right. 

“You need to work on the training pitch as well, but you need games to put it into practice. I think it is a positive for us.”

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Four Chelsea games to be played in December were rescheduled, these are the fixtures effected:

Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge:  Saturday 2 December, kick off 12.30pm GMT

West Ham United away: Saturday 9 December,  kick off 12.30pm GMT

Huddersfield Town away: Tuesday 12 December, kick off  8pm GMT

Everton away: Saturday 23 December, kick off 12.30pm GMT

The broadcast selections for the remainder of December and January will be announced no later than Friday 27 October.

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Everton are almost out of Europa League, with just 1 point collected after three games in this competition.

The Liverpool side lost 2-1 at Goodison Park against Lyon tonight: the French team’s winner was scored by former Chelsea wonderkid Bertrand Traorè, who netted the ball at 75′ with a wonderful back-heel.

The Burkina Faso international joined Lyon on a £8m permanent move last summer.

Ronald Koeman is now on the brink of being sacked: the Toffees are 16th in the Premier League table, just two points and two positions from relegation, and are almost out from Europa League, with just 1 point in 3 games and being on the bottom of their group table ( Atalanta 7 points, Lyon 5, Apollon Limassol 2).

 

 

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