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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 manager Antonio Conte was very frustrated this afternoon after his team’s defeat vs West Ham.

According to Conte himself it’s impossible for the Blues to think to confirm their Premier League title and their goal is now to finish in the top four of the table.

This is the fourth defeat in 16 games. When you have these stats it’s impossible to think you are in the title race. If you want to stay in the race for the title in the first part of the season you can only lose once or twice.” – Conte said – “Today it was very difficult, our start was bad and it was difficult to come back. We created chances but didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat. Many of the players were tired. It’s normal. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are playing almost always. Today our ideas were not so clear. We made a lot of mistakes from the final pass. We can do better.”

 

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After qualifying for last 16 as second in Group A behind AS Roma, Antonio Conte claims the biggest obstacles for Chelsea Champions League glory are not PSG or Barcelona but Premier League:

“With five teams to go through to the next round means the level of this league is very high,” the Blues boss said speaking ahead of Liverpool‘s bid to progress on tonight and with Manchester City, United and Spurs already confirmed group winners.

“Don’t forget here this season is very tough. You have to play a lot of games, but when you arrive at the final stage to play for quarter-finals, semi-finals the English teams have a lot of games in their legs. For this reason.”

The Italian coach is not very positive about his side chances to success in the major European competitions for clubs:

“I think it could be problematic to win the Champions League.

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Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas reveals how he convinced Antonio Conte to trust him and explains how is working under one of the most demanding managers in football.

The Spanish midfielder was not in the Italian coach plans at the beginning of his Chelsea adventure in summer 2016 but he believes hard work allowed him to prove Conte wrong and he’s enjoying the ‘freedom’ under his the Italian coach:

“You could say freedom,” he said ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.

“We know the boss likes to have discipline in our system and game. In this way, we cover the pitch well. It’s working well.

“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried, but maybe worried is not the right word.

 

“I wasn’t part of his initial plans. You can give up or put your head down, be humble and work hard and show him he is wrong.

“You must adapt and be always ready in training.

“Physically… I wouldn’t say better than ever, but in the last few years I feel the fitness. I had to adapt myself, especially defensively. It’s not my biggest strength.

 

“Last season the boss might not have trusted me to play in a 3-4-3 but he does now.”

Conte accepted he was wrong about the former Arsenal and Barcelona star and applauded his work ethic:

“He didn’t play a lot, but through his work he changed my mind. It happened,” the Chelsea manager added.

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists that David Luiz is still on the sidelines because of a knee injury.

The Brazilian defender has reportedly fell off with the Italian manager, but Conte claims the former PSG and Benfica player has been fighting with a knee issue for a month:

“He’s having treatment in his knee,” Conte said ahead of Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

“It’s not simple to understand how much longer [he will have this] injury but at the same time I think the doctors are doing the best to try and allow him to recover very soon.”

Luiz has skipped also today’s training session with his team-mates and he has been training alone for the last two weeks to try to recover from this knee injury, but since he had issues with Conte in the last month – he was even left out of the game squad against Manchester United – speculations have mounted about the defender been left out of the first team squad for his misunderstandings with the Blues boss.

 

 

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After his fantastic performance against Newcastle this afternoon, where he didn’t only score a brace but he was man of the match hands down, Eden Hazard was praised by his coach, Antonio Conte, that had very nice words for his team star:

“Eden played a good game. Today we saw a good link between him and Alvaro,” the Blues boss commented on Sky Sports after the final whistle.

“In this type of game, when we decided to have a tactical solution, he had more freedom to play as striker and then offensively he was very dangerous. He played very well, scored twice, and the goalkeeper made two fantastic saves from him. He must continue in this way to improve himself.”

Continuing to speak about the game, Conte added:

“It was a good performance. Maybe our start was a bit a slow, not good enough. But after we went 1-0 down we played with good intensity and created chances to score. In the end it was a good performance. This team has a lot of professionals, when our start is not good enough there is always a good reaction, like against Liverpool. This team I strong for sure, we are in good form, good physical condition and strong tactically in defence and attack. We are working well and we have to continue in this way.” 

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