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Uneasiness pervades at Chelsea, with Antonio Conte among the malcontents | Sachin Nakrani

The champions picked up more knocks in the 3-3 draw with Roma but it is the mood of their manager that must be most vexing for the Stamford Bridge boardWho says the Champions League group?stage games are boring? Anyone who does should have been at Stam…

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José Mourinho and Antonio Conte exchange barbs – video

José Mourinho and Antonio Conte exchange some tense words on Wednesday following Manchester United’s win over Benfica and Chelsea’s draw with Roma in the Champions League. Mourinho says other managers are quick to bemoan injuries and argues he does not…

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte hits back at Mourinho barb after draw with Roma

• ‘I think he has to think about his team and start looking at himself’• Manchester United manager had said ‘other managers cry and cry’Antonio Conte has reacted angrily to José Mourinho’s observation that “other managers cry and cry and cry” about inj…

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Unhappy Antonio Conte questions Chelsea’s ability to defend their title

• After defeat by Crystal Palace the Italian raises problem of injuries• Victor Moses joins injury list but Álvaro Morata could return against RomaAntonio Conte has warned that Chelsea will find it difficult to defend the title after their shock defeat…

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Chelsea face being without midfielder N’Golo Kanté for seven games

• France international suffered hamstring injury against Bulgaria• Antonio Conte tells Charly Musonda to focus on football, not social mediaAntonio Conte has admitted that he must plan for the next month without N’Golo Kanté after the midfielder sustai…

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Chelsea handed major chance to make up lost ground in gentler October

This time last year the Stamford Bridge club started a run which led to the title and their upcoming fixtures offer them the chance to start another

Most of the Premier League attention will be on Anfield and the north-west derby this weekend, even if Liverpool’s stuttering start to the season means Jürgen Klopp’s side already have seven points to make up on Manchester United. For different reasons that will probably suit Crystal Palace and Chelsea, who meet at Selhurst Park in one of the lesser London derbies.

Roy Hodgson said his struggling Palace side were like a boxer on the ropes after their last outing at Old Trafford, trying to fight in a class above their weight and taking too many blows to the chin. Just what you need in those circumstances is a visit from the defending champions, though the only sliver of good news for Hodgson and his stricken side – apart from Wilfried Zaha nearing a return – is that Saturday’s game is the last of a daunting run of fixtures. Palace take on Chelsea after two successive trips to Manchester, where City and then United hit them with a total of nine goals to no reply.

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Pep Guardiola’s flying full-backs expose Chelsea’s vulnerability | Jonathan Wilson

Once a position for the energetic and combative, Manchester City showed it has become one for those who can exploit the space in front of them to shape a game

This is what the Premier League has been waiting for since Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City. There had been hints of it before, most notably in the first half of the derby at Old Trafford last season, but City’s performance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday was the first time a Guardiola side in England has so thoroughly dominated another member of the elite from start to finish. All the familiar tropes were there – the domination of possession, the rapid transitions, the tenacity at winning the ball back; all that was missing was the scoreline. This was 1-0 going on 3– or 4-0.

Related: Chelsea sunk by Kevin De Bruyne winner for Manchester City

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Antonio Conte laments Chelsea’s loss of ‘complete player’ Kevin De Bruyne

• De Bruyne scored matchwinning goal for Manchester City against Chelsea
• ‘I don’t know what happened in the past, but we are talking about a top player’

Antonio Conte admitted Chelsea had lost “the complete player” after Kevin De Bruyne scored the decisive goal against his former club to return Manchester City to the top of the Premier League.

Related: Gabriel Jesus stars to help Manchester City cope without Sergio Agüero | Barney Ronay

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Antonio Conte sees it as his task to exploit Eden Hazard’s ‘God-given talent’

• Chelsea manager wants to get ‘decisive moment’ from Belgian every game
• ‘I see with Ronaldo if he scores once, he wants two, three. Eden can improve’

Antonio Conte is intent upon coaxing “decisive moments” from Eden Hazard in every appearance as the Belgium forward seeks to establish himself as one of the best players in the world by excelling in the Champions League as well as the Premier League.

Hazard is ready to start his first top-flight game of season, against Manchester City on Saturday, having recovered from summer ankle surgery, and he excelled in his side’s victory at Atlético Madrid in midweek. The playmaker’s performance was key to Chelsea’s dominant display at the Estadio Metropolitano and prompted Álvaro Morata, with whom the Belgian has struck up an immediate on-field understanding, to declare the 26-year-old one of the “best three players in the world”.

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Antonio Conte rages at scheduling of Chelsea’s Manchester City showdown

• Conte’s thoughts turn to Premier League after win at Atlético Madrid
• ‘To have only one day to prepare for this type of game is not right’

Antonio Conte has expressed dismay at the decision to stage Chelsea’s much anticipated game against Manchester City on Saturday, claiming he will only be able to select his team “one or two hours before we play” as he gauges his squad’s recovery from the eye-catching if draining win at Atlético Madrid.

Related: Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi pops up late to seal win at Atlético Madrid

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte set for uneasy tunnel reunion with Diego Costa

• New Atlético Madrid striker plans to say goodbye to team-mates
• Costa completed move to Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Tuesday

Antonio Conte will come face to face with Diego Costa this evening as the Spain forward, who completed his move to Atlético Madrid on Tuesday, is intending to bid farewell to his former Chelsea team-mates and staff in the tunnel at the Wanda Metropolitano ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League tie between the clubs.

The striker’s £57m return to the Spain was only formalised on Tuesday evening ahead of the Group C fixture at Atlético’s new home and, while Costa will not be presented to the home support on the pitch prior to kick-off, Chelsea have been led to believe he will be in the tunnel area before the game. Conte’s last contact with the 28-year-old was to send him a text message earlier this summer informing Costa that he had no future at Chelsea, with the player subsequently refusing to return from his home in Brazil and accusing the Premier League champions of treating him like a “criminal”.

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Chelsea to unleash Hazard against Atlético Madrid as Costa seals move

• Eden Hazard set for his second start since fractured ankle
• Diego Costa completes £57m move from Chelsea to Atlético

Antonio Conte will hand Eden Hazard a second start of the season on Wednesday in the daunting Champions League tie at Atlético Madrid, confident the Belgian will use the competition to take his reputation “to another level” this term.

Hazard’s only previous start was in a League Cup thrashing of Nottingham Forest as Chelsea nursed him back into senior action after surgery on an ankle in the summer. The 26‑year‑old, who is still expected to sign a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge worth £300,000 a week, has yet to make his mark for the London club in Europe’s elite club competition, with five goals – two of which came against Maribor – in 31 appearances to date, having joined in the aftermath of the team lifting the trophy in 2012.

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: I miss Italy and I’ll be home before long

• ‘Italy is my homeland, I’ll be back’ says Chelsea 48-year-old coach
• Conte bemoans ‘hardest Champions League group’ with Roma and Atlético

Antonio Conte has admitted that he misses Italy and plans to return to his homeland in the near future, saying that though his experience with Chelsea has been overwhelmingly positive there is “not a doubt in my mind that I will be home before long”.

During an interview with Italian radio station RadioUno, Conte spoke at length about his feelings for Italy. “I miss it, that’s beyond doubt,” he said. “Italy is my homeland, so once I have had some good experiences, formative experiences, important and life-changing experiences, I’ll be back. I don’t know when but that’s the aim.”

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Thibaut Courtois confident resurgent Chelsea are hitting form at right time

• Champions face Atlético Madrid and Manchester City this week
• Eden Hazard still easing back from the bench after ankle injury

If there were any Chelsea fans still worrying whether they would make a better fist of defending their Premier League title than the previous attempt, the clinical way in which Antonio Conte’s side dispatched Stoke City on Saturday has surely dispelled those doubts.

A third successive away win courtesy of Álvaro Morata’s brilliant hat-trick ensured they remain within touching distance of the two Manchester clubs at the top of the nascent table, even if Conte will be more than happy to remain the shadows for now.

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Antonio Conte backs Chelsea’s ‘polite’ Álvaro Morata to fill Diego Costa’s shoes

• Conte: ‘You’d be open to have this type of person marry your daughter’
• Chelsea manager backs record signing to thrive with extra responsibility

Antonio Conte has backed Álvaro Morata to fill the void left by Diego Costa at Chelsea, describing the striker, who joined the champions for a club record fee in July, as a “complete player” and, somewhat bizarrely, the type of person a father would be happy for his daughter to marry.

Chelsea announced on Thursday they had reached an agreement with Atlético Madrid over the sale of Costa, with the 28-year-old set to complete a return to the Spanish club, subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical, for a fee in the region of £57m. The transfer will bring an end to a turbulent three-year stay in London for Costa, ranging from the highs of scoring 52 goals in 89 top-flight appearances and winning two Premier League titles to the low of going into exile in his native Brazil this summer in order to force a move away.

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There is irony in Diego Costa’s deal with Atlético but Chelsea saw the best of him | Dominic Fifield

In their last league game, Antonio Conte’s side missed how the forward would have driven Arsenal to distraction and the 28-year-old will depart Stamford Bridge having more than played his part in the successes

There is an irony that Diego Costa’s tortuous departure from Chelsea should be finalised, pending the results of a stringent medical, just after a fixture when his absence had been so keenly felt.

Not the Champions League stroll beyond Qarabag or even the midweek saunter past Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup. But, last Sunday, Arsenal ventured across the capital and earned a point, with Shkodran Mustafi, in most people’s eyes, emerging from the stalemate as man of the match. Even accepting that the centre-half is a Germany international and clearly a player of pedigree, it is hard to envisage he would have been quite so unruffled had Costa lined up for the hosts at Stamford Bridge.

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Antonio Conte rings changes at Chelsea with Ethan Ampadu set for Carabao Cup

• Teenager from Exeter City called up to face Nottingham Forest
• Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck sidelined for at least a month

Antonio Conte has promoted Ethan Ampadu, the teenager signed from Exeter City over the summer, to his senior squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third-round tie against Nottingham Forest, with Chelsea set to make a host of changes for the game at Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League champions are expected to field an all-Belgian front line of Eden Hazard, Michy Batshuayi and Charly Musonda, a 20-year-old forward whose previous involvement has been limited to cameos from the bench in the Community Shield and in the opening-day loss against Burnley. Dujon Sterling, a two-times FA Youth Cup winner, may also be in the squad, with Ampadu likely to start among the substitutes.

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte content to ignore the outside noise

The Italian has shrugged off a difficult summer and an opening-day defeat and his side are firing on all cylinders again

When Antonio Conte said that a manager’s job is difficult, for a brief moment it felt necessary to make sure that the Italian was not bending the truth, given how easy he has made everything look at Chelsea. Yet even he is unable to ignore modern football’s cut-throat reality, especially after a week that began with Crystal Palace landing another blow in the war on patience by sacking Frank de Boer 77 days after appointing him.

The way to survive in such an unforgiving world, Conte believes, is to keep the faith. “One experience can be positive or negative,” he said. “But I don’t change my mentality. I don’t change my idea of football. This is for sure.”

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Antonio Conte and Arsène Wenger speak before Chelsea v Arsenal – video

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger and Antonio Conte of Chelsea talk about their upcoming Premier League match. Conte begins by sending his thoughts to those affected by the events at Parsons Green before warning his side to pay attention to Arsenal’s quality. Wenger focuses on his team’s recent winning record over the Blues

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Antonio Conte quietly confident force is with Chelsea to avenge Arsenal losses

The Italian will be quieter than usual in the dug-out on Sunday due to a throat infection but feels momentum is with the champions against an Arsenal side who have had the better of their recent meetings

Antonio Conte blamed the air conditioning, which is not the sort of line that can be expected to kick off a piece on Chelsea’s derby against Arsenal on Sunday. Stick with it. The Chelsea manager has a throat infection, he has been on antibiotics since Thursday and he is in a race against time to recover his fitness.

Related: Arsène Wenger searches for formula to end Arsenal’s bad run at Chelsea

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