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“Atletico Madrid are a really good team with great experience in this competition” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said speaking at a press conference ahead of Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano.

“In the last few years they have always played a great Champions League, and to reach the final twice is not simple, – Conte added – It is not for all the teams. It means you are strong team with a good coach and good organisation and for sure, we must pay good attention”.

The Blues spent 2016/17 campaign without playing any European competition as a result of the 10th place: “Chelsea last season did not play in this competition – he noted – So we are excited to play it, but for sure tomorrow we know very well we have to face a really good team. We have to play every game with the will to try to win. I watched Atletico’s game versus Roma and they played very well and maybe deserved to win the game”.

“The last few years for sure in this competition, and also the Europa League apart from last season, the Spanish teams have dominated. It means these teams are very strong and very good and also have a lot of experience in these competitions. We have to try to change this history”.

Chelsea have beaten Qarabag with 6 goals in their opener at Stamford Bridge: “We were playing against Qarabag and played a really good game, and tomorrow is an important game for both teams. We have to try to play our football but show great respect for Atletico. But this season for sure we have great enthusiasm and desire to show we deserve to play in this competition”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has praised Eden Hazard ahead of upcoming Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano.

“Last season Eden played very well and a really important season for us to win the league. – Conte said – He showed in every game a great talent to be a really good player. The Champions League is very important for him but also for the team. This competition brings you to another level and he has all the possibility to do that. He is a top player, he is fit and he is in contention to start the game. It is the right moment”.

The Italian manager has confirmed both Pedro and David Luiz will feature against the La Liga giants, with the exception of Danny Drinkwater who’s sidelined until the international break through a calf injury,.

About Luiz, who suffered a broken wrist in the game against Arsenal, Conte said: “David is an important player for us and this type of injury won’t stop him tomorrow. He is in contention for the game”. 

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Chelsea are considering to extend Charly Musonda‘s deal until June 2021, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

The 20-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Real Betis, made an impressive start to the season with the Premier League champions as he scored his first goal at Stamford Bridge last week in the Carabao Cup against Nottingham Forest.

Musonda’s current deal is due to expire in June 2019, but Antonio Conte reportedly rates the Belgian winger a key player for his long-term plans.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill speaks about Alvaro Morata saying he is not feeling the pressure and he demonstrates it by scoring a lot of goals in the Premier League.

“It’s great that, after Diego, we have another striker coming in and scoring straight away”. – Cahill said – I’m sure Alvaro wasn’t surprised by the pressure. He knew that it would be there when he joined and he came from a huge club anyway. Being a striker for Chelsea comes with a lot of pressure, but he has played with big players and big teams. He knows how to handle that and I don’t think it has been an issue at all. The easiest thing I found when I joined was that I knew a few people beforehand. It was early doors but I was in there with Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry. A few familiar faces helps and there are obviously a few Spaniards that Morata knows here. He is a fantastic guy, down to earth. His personality makes it very easy to get on with him. You can see from his performances that he is enjoying life at Chelsea.”

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Antonio Conte has declared many times he is focused on Chelsea and his race to win the Premier League and the Champions League.

However, speaking to Radio Anch’Io Sport today, the Blues manager admits he misses Italy and he will not stay in England for long: “I miss Italy, there is no doubt”. – Conte said – “It is not in my mind to stay abroad for a long time. Italy is my country. I will return, I don’t know when but that is the aim. It depends on the results, but there’s desire on my part to try to do the best I can, finishing one project and then finding the right one to continue. I miss Italy, that’s a fact. Still, this experience is helping me so much. I would also like to change role, maybe become a sporting director in the future.”

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More from Antonio Conte, who spoke this morning ahead of upcoming Champions League clash against La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in Spain.

Will Eden Hazard start? The Belgian star played the whole game in the Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest, while was a late substitute against Stoker City at Britannnia Stadium on Saturday.

However, Conte said: “I think now Eden is improving a lot and for sure he’s in contention for Atletico Madrid. After a bad injury and surgery you need time”.

“He’s almost ready to play but if I make this decision it will be because I’m comfortable with it – he added – I think we are managing him very well. Other players are also very important for us and now it’s important to be sure he’s ready”.

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Chelsea will face Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday night, as the Champions League goup stages continue with Matchday 2.

“We have to face a tough game against a team that in the last years played always this competition with good performance – Conte told the club’s official website – Last season they were beaten by Real Madrid in the semi-finals”.

“We have to prepare very well for this type of game. For sure it will be a really tough game for us, but we must be excited because last season we didn’t play this competition. Now we are playing and we have to try to do our best”.

When asked to give an injury update on Chelsea players, Conte added: “There are no injury worries. The players are fit and now it’s important to rest and recover well for the game on Wednesday and not forgetting we have another tough game on Saturday against Manchester City”.

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Manchester United and Manchester City remain on top of Premier League table after winning their games against Crystal Palace and Southampton this week. Chelsea remain 3rd as a result of the 0-4 win over Stoke City on Saturday evening, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Watford who are chasing the Blues (11 points each).

West Ham and Leicester City are both struggling to earn points, while Stoke City and Swansea remain with 5 points. A comeback win for Everton, who are climbing up the table as they reached the 14th spot.

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“Our fans were fantastic today” Chelsea manage Antonio Conte claimed speaking after the game at Britannia Stadium against Stoke City yesterday evening.

“They pushed the team a lot in every moment of the game, and in this stadium where the home crowd push a lot”.

Chelsea fans also changed lyrics to the previous anti-Semitic song regarding striker Morata, who scored an hat-trick against the Potters“Alvaro, Alvaro…he comes from sunny Spain, he’s better than Harry Kane.” is the new song, really appreciated by both club and the Spaniard.

“I want to thank the fans because they helped the team today – Conte added – I am pleased also because there was a good change to the Morata song”.

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More from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. The Italian manager reflected on his decision to pick-up wing-back Marcos Alonso during the game, after praising Man of the Match Alvaro Morata for his sensational hat-trick.

“Alonso was a tactical substitution because I saw Mark Hughes was about to bring on Peter Crouch. – Conte said – I remember last season we always suffered against him and for this reason, I preferred to reinforce the defence with Cahill and play Azpilicueta as wing-back”.

Marcos Alonso had been previously booked after committing two fouls in quick succession: “He never risked taking a second yellow card. – Conte stated- The person who risked a lot was Peter Crouch with a bad tackle”.

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