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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hails performances of Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta in victory over Manchester United

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hails performances of Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta in victory over Manchester United

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Conte with passionate celebrations after earning three points against Manchester United Sunday, November 5, 2017Antonio Conte sung the praises of Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta after the two combined to score the winning goal in Chelsea's narrow victory over Manchester United. Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Alvaro Morata heads winner as Blues dominate Red DevilsAzpilicueta's lovely cross found an unmarked Morata who headed beyond David De Gea to put Chelsea one point behind the Red Devils. The win was the perfect response to their 3-0 drubbing at Roma in the Champions League and Conte was delighted to see his players bounce back.Conte said: “It was a good response after a big defeat. We played a really bad second half in Rome but we deserved to win tonight. It was an im
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte passes on his “suffering” to players

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte passes on his “suffering” to players

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Antonio Conte tries to pass on his "suffering" after a defeat to his Chelsea players in a bid to get a positive response.Conte declined to discuss Nemanja Matic's transfer from Chelsea to Old Trafford, or comment on his relationship with Jose Mourinho, ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Manchester United.The Blues boss instead focused on his own team, who are seeking to respond from Tuesday night's 3-0 Champions League loss at Roma, which saw Conte questioning their "hunger".Adversity will reveal the true character of his players, according to the Italian."We are struggling a lot, because we are facing a lot of important problems," he said."To solve these problems is not simple. In this moment you can see if you are a winner or a loser."It's important to show our character, to be ...
LISTEN: Antonio Conte insists he is 'happy' with Chelsea players despite defeat to Manchester City

LISTEN: Antonio Conte insists he is 'happy' with Chelsea players despite defeat to Manchester City

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Antonio Conte believes his team put in everythingSaturday, September 30, 2017Antonio Conte insisted he was happy with his Chelsea players despite their loss to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s side looked a class above, with their passing and movement, and Kevin De Bruyne’s second half strike was enough to separate the two sides.MATCH REPORT: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City: Kevin De Bruyne's strike demonstrates Premier League title credentials of Pep Guardiola's menHowever, even though last season’s champions looked second best Antonio Conte felt he could only be proud of his players becaue they put everything into the game.“For sure there is disappointment for me, for my players and for the result but at the same time we gave everything,” said the Italian m
Antonio Conte believes Chelsea have been 'penalised' by the Premier League schedulers ahead of Manchester City clash

Antonio Conte believes Chelsea have been 'penalised' by the Premier League schedulers ahead of Manchester City clash

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Head coach Antonio Conte believes Chelsea have been "penalised" by the Premier League fixture schedulers who have granted his side just one full day's preparation for Saturday's clash with Manchester City.Chelsea claimed a last-gasp 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night to top Champions League Group C with two wins from two games.The Premier League champions play City at 1730BST on Saturday. Pep Guardiola's side beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, while Chelsea are expected to return to London at around 0400BST on Thursday morning following their post-match flight from Madrid."In this case I think we are a bit penalised," Conte said."To have only one day to prepare for this type of game is not right."Honestly I'm very surprised to see that this big gam...
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists Arsenal are a 'big rival for the title' ahead of derby clash

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists Arsenal are a 'big rival for the title' ahead of derby clash

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Antonio Conte will face Arsene Wenger on SundaySaturday, September 16, 2017Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is adamant Arsenal are a Premier League title contender.The Gunners have lost two of their first four matches and the most recent away game prior to their trip to Stamford Bridge was a 4-0 loss at Liverpool, which reignited debate about Arsene Wenger's position as manager.Arsenal have not won at Chelsea since October 2011 and have won two of 21 games against the established top six since the start of the 2013-14 season, but Conte feels the Gunners are a threat."For sure Arsenal is a big rival for the title," he said."If you see their squad you can understand there are a lot of top players. I don't understand why they can't fight for the title."They lost only one player now, (Alex) Ox...