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Alvaro Morata scored three times in the last six games for Chelsea, remaining the 3rd best goalscorer in Premier League level on goals with Manchester City stars Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, speaking at a press conference ahead of tonight’s clash against Huddersfield, told reporters:David Luiz is continuing to recover from his knee problem. And Alvaro Morata is out. He is a bit tired and he has a problem in his back”.

The Italian manager confirmed Danny Drinkwater is recovered and available for the game after four days out with a fever: “Drinkwater started to train on Sunday and he’s come with us, but for sure after three or four days with a fever, his physical condition is not at the top level” Conte said.

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During his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs West HamChelsea manager Antonio Conte has revelead that both Danny Drinkwater and David Luiz will not be available for the game.

Luiz is out. Danny Drinkwater is out. He is sick and the third day with a fever. We have to check a couple of situations. I have to check the physical condition, after all the games it is normal to check. A player might be tired.” – Conte said

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N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater began in midfield, alongside with Spain international Cesc Fabregas in the last clash against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.

Reflecting on the game, Kante told Chelsea‘s official website: “The game did not start very well as we conceded a goal early, but we reacted well. It is important to get the win. We needed to win before the top teams played and it was an important three points”.

On the reunion with former teammate at Leicester City Danny Drinkwater, he added: “It was a long time we played together, I am happy for him to come to Chelsea, I am happy for the win and I hope we can keep winning”.

 

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gave Danny Drinkwater a new chance in the last Premier League game against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge today.

The Italian manager was pleased when asked about the England international’s performance: “I think it is normal to have the right chance. – Conte said – He is starting to play with Chelsea, a great team. Danny today started the game, like the team, a bit slow but he improved a lot”.

“It is great for me and the team to have another option, when we play with three midfielders, to have another option is a vital importance”.

Chelsea signed Drinkwater after completing £30m move from Leicester City on Deadline Day.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was also asked about his decision to play with Danny Drinkwater in midfield and Cesc Fabregas sidelined on the bench.

The Italian manager said: “I think when you play every three days it’s very difficult but every coach tries to make the best decision for his team”.

“It’s important to have rotation otherwise you risk having players who are very tired, in this case Cesc: he’s played every game from the start of the season because don’t forget, Bakayoko and Drinkwater were injured”.

“We played in China and Singapore with just Kante and Cesc, and then N’Golo was injured but Cesc continued to play. He played every game, and played very well in every game, so I took this decision and it was important because when you give a new player this type of chance, in a big game, it shows the coach trusts all of his players. I can count on Drinkwater”.

Conte praised Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas and the England international: “It’s very important to have four midfielders and make the decision if I want to play with three or two. The impact of the subs today was great. Willian, Fabregas and Pedro all played against Qarabag. Willian scored twice, Cesc also scored and Pedro had a really good performance. Today when I decided to make the subs, their impact was great and I want this. I want to create this atmosphere!”.

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Simon Mignolet was the hero of these 45′ at Anfield saving three clear chances for Chelsea in five minutes in the middle of the first half: first on Eden Hazard, then on Danny Drinkwater and finally on Davide Zappacosta.

The Reds were dangerous only in the end of the first part with their star-man Mo Salah, whose shot was slightly wide.

Other 45 minutes to try to win this game for the Blues!

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Speaking ahead of WBA game at Premier League restart after the international break Antonio Conte immediately gave an injury update:

Bathsuayi has a problem in his ankle, Musonda has a problem in his knee, Moses will be back next week.”

Asked if David Luiz is in this game squad after being left out in the clash against Manchester United, the Italian boss replied:

“Yes, he is in the squad, it was my decision to leave him out a couple of weeks ago,” Conte revealed.

He added: “I think the most important thing is to prepare the next game and to pay great attention, not to speak about a single player.”

Chelsea won the title at The Hawthorns last May, so to go back there must be a special feeling for Conte and his guys:

“It was a fantastic moment for me, for the players, for the club, for the fans.

“We won the league and it was great, I remember that moment very well and I am proud for what we did last season.

“Now we have to look at the present and this will be a really tough game because also last year WBA played a great game, two great games, because they were strong at Stamford Bridge as well. We want to try to continue to win.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham are doing very well while on loan at Crystal Palace and Swansea, Conte was asked if it was the right decision to send them on loan instead of including them in this season first team squad:

“I think we are talking about two young players, they will be the future of Chelsea, it’s right for them to play regularly. I read RLC’s interview: this experience is important for him, for his development, for his maturity. It’s the same path that Christensen followed when he was loaned two seasons at Borussia Monchengladbach.”

About Danny Drinkwater‘s fitness he said:

“Against Manchester United he suffered a knock in his calf, he started to work with us only this week, he was intelligent to stop.

“I think this is not a great moment for Italy, for my country, to miss the World Cup after 56 years it’s a half disaster for us, because you know how important football is for Italy. I hope the federation will work to improve the situation.”

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Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed in his England debut last week and he is collecting many good performances in his current loan at Crystal Palace this season.

Next season Ruben Loftus-Cheek will make his way back to Stamford Bridge to play with Chelsea and Blues legend Pat Nevin believes the youngster must try to emulate what another Chelsea player is doing now after spending some seasons on loan.

Ruben for his part still has to muscle his way past Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater when he comes back to Stamford Bridge, and this will be no easy task”. – Nevin told Chelsea official website – “If however he continues to impress for England and is clearly the best of the bunch at Crystal Palace for the rest of the season, I am convinced he will get a chance. The perfect example for these two is Andreas Christensen. He played some first team football here, but he earned his stripes as well as made his mistakes playing with Borussia Moenchengladbach. They were playing not only in the Bundesliga but also the Champions League and when he won that club’s Player of the Year, it was clear he had shown he was good enough to be part of the Chelsea squad”.

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Alvaro Morata was absolutely quick in recovering from a muscular problem suffered in the Premier League game against Manchester City just one month ago. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has praised the Spaniard for his ‘commitment and desire’: “I am happy with his commitment and desire, and will to fight. – he said – Don’t forget he is recovering from a muscular problem. I am very happy for his performance. A lot of time he recovered a very important ball in transition”.

Several players are still working hard to find the best shape: “During the game I try to give support to the players. Not only today. For us it is very important to overcome this period. We started this period with a lot of problems. Hazard with a surgery, he is an important player. Then with Pedro and two red cards, and injury with Kante and Moses, to recover Drinkwater: we faced a lot of problems”.

Chelsea reduced their gap on Tottenham Hotspur, going level on points with Arsenal sitting 4th in the league table. “We tried to do our best in every moment. – Conte added – All the other teams all win, Tottenham lost but the other top teams won”.

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Antonio Conte admits the team are not going through a great period, with lots of injuries and issues to face.

The Italian manager and his staff have just one aim: to come out of this period in the best way possible:

“Our priority is it overcome this period because we are facing it with a lot of problems” said Conte yesterday while speaking to the press.

“I hope to have my players in good physical condition, all players, and then to face all competitions.

“I hope to do this very soon because Drinkwater is almost ready and Kante is at the stage almost to come back with us. The only problem we have to face, and we need more time with, is Moses“.

Conte explained why Kante’s absence had been so keenly felt.

“For sure it is not simple for us to play without N’Golo because he is an important player for us,” Conte said.

“Now the team is used to playing without him but I hope to see him back very soon with us.

“There are players with the same characteristics but N’Golo is a really good player, and he is becoming a top player.”

Conte explained also which issues he found in his first season in the UK:

“It was tougher at the start because to arrive in a new country, to adapt yourself with a new type of football, new language and new habit it wasn’t easy.

“I found a lot of trouble and last season I tried to solve these problems and I solved a lot of problems.

“But, don’t forget, last season we won, but not one person predicted this at the start of the season for our squad after our transfer window.

“We did a really fantastic job last season but now we have to try to continue in this way, continue to work and continue to try and solve the problems and create something important for the club.

“It is not easy. Some people think to win is easy, but it is not. You try to ask the winners if it is easy to win, it is a path and you have to follow this path and there is a lot of sacrifice, a lot of work, patience, a lot of things.”

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