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Nov 05

David Luiz faces battle to regain his Chelsea place, warns Antonio Conte

• Manager says Brazilian ‘has to work really hard’ to get his spot back• Centre-half was not even on the bench for Manchester United matchAntonio Conte has warned David Luiz he faces a battle to regain his place in the first team after dropping the cen…

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Nov 05

Álvaro Morata heads Chelsea to victory over Manchester United

This is the kind of result to choke talk of a crisis at Chelsea. The Premier League’s summit may remain distant, but the din which erupted inside this arena at the final whistle while Antonio Conte celebrated manically looking up towards the top tier o…

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Oct 18

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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Oct 18

Eden Hazard strikes twice to earn Chelsea draw after Edin Dzeko double for Roma

Chelsea halted a losing run here but, even in the knowledge that their leadership of this group is maintained, Antonio Conte will not be hoodwinked by this result. There had been moments when his side gasped at the ferocity of Roma’s muscular approach,…

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Sep 17

David Luiz sees red as Arsenal hold Chelsea in stalemate at Stamford Bridge

By the time this contest erupted three minutes from time it is safe to assume both managers might actually have accepted the whole occasion fizzling out as a goalless non-event. Chelsea had been surprised by the visitors’ tenacity and refusal to wilt, and had only generated the upbeat tempo which can set them apart in sporadic bursts. A point almost felt like a bonus. Arsenal, saddled with that wretched recent record both against the recent top six and here in particular, would have been delighted merely to check a five-match losing streak in this corner of the capital. A draw represented progress.

And yet, given the rather frazzled nature of the latter stages, this game was never likely to pass off entirely without incident. Frustration had been mounting all afternoon, with David Luiz and Sead Kolasinac’s duels increasingly spiky and played out all over the field. Alexis Sánchez’s introduction seemed to raise the locals’ heckles even more. Then, three minutes from time, the Brazilian centre-back became preoccupied trying to shield the loose ball from the Chilean as Sánchez grappled at him from behind. In darted Kolasinac to thump the ball in-field, with David Luiz, flustered, diving in and catching the Bosnian on the base of his left shin.

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Sep 12

Pedro sets Chelsea on their way to 6-0 stroll against Qarabag

Antonio Conte had entered September wary of a treacherous and cluttered schedule, Chelsea’s head coach braced to chop and change his lineup in the hope of negotiating successful passage through seven games in 21 days. That work-load, he feared, would stretch his squad to the limit. As it transpired, his team’s return to European competition will not have sapped energy levels in the slightest. Their reunion with the Champions League was a stroll.

Qarabag were dismissed here, the home side easing back into life at this level with six goals to savour. Atletico Madrid and AS Roma will offer far sterner tests than this, but Conte must have rejoiced in the ability to rest Alvaro Morata and David Luiz, and haul off Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro and N’Golo Kanté, while his team ran riot. Life will be tougher from now on in.

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Aug 27

Cesc Fábregas and Alvaro Morata on target as Chelsea dispatch Everton

Chelsea enter the final week of the transfer window with much to do in the market but momentum well and truly regained out on the pitch. Contests against Everton have tended to bring the best out of Antonio Conte’s charges in recent times and the visitors, even with their ranks strengthened over the summer, were swept aside here almost at will by a team the Italian is desperate to reinforce. Indeed, performances this dominant arguably undermine the head coach’s argument that strengthening is still required.

Yet all would recognise the champions will not be treated to afternoons this comfortable too often this term. Everton’s display was a huge anticlimax, the visitors succumbing far too meekly with Thibaut Courtois utterly untroubled until compelled to tip over a wild shot from the substitute Aaron Lennon three minutes from time.

Related: Antonio Conte defends Chelsea policy of loaning out young players

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