Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Chelsea vs Manchester City

Chelsea vs Manchester City

Last season, Chelsea who went on to win the league, did the double over Manchester City.

The Belgian has made just three substitute appearances in the league since returning from an ankle fracture sustained on worldwide duty in June but impressed in the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid in midweek.

However, Chelsea boss Conte says that the France global still has plenty of room for improvement as he continues to get used to life in west London. Last season he had an important season, he played very well, he performed as a top player. "I love this", Conte said.

The City clash is Chelsea's seventh in 21 days.

The Blues return to action after the global break with a match against Crystal Palace.

"Yes, he is contention", the Chelsea boss said when asked whether Morata will be fit to host the Premier League leaders.

Conte says he will wait to assess his players, but in a "massive game" it seems inconceivable Hazard would be left on the substitutes' bench.

The Blues enter this weekend's fixtures trailing City by three points, their only defeat coming on the opening day to Burnley.


Hazard, 26, missed the start of the season with an ankle injury. It is more simple when you have good players and they play together very well'.

Conte hinted he was considering fielding the same team as in Madrid after a confidence-boosting result, but there is one enforced change. Midfielder Danny Drinkwater (calf) the only definite injury absentee. In my eyes is the last performance against Atletico Madrid.

"Eden, in every game, he finds a way to be decisive, to score or to make an assist for a team-mate". "I think in this season he has a big opportunity because we can play in the Champions League".

Conte has previously expressed his admiration for Pep Guardiola's approach and did so again.

Even before their win over Atletico, Chelsea had shown signs of returning to last season's title-winning form. I like to give them responsibility, and then they must make the best decision for themselves, for the team, for the club, for everyone. But I think Andreas Christensen is playing very well and showing that he's a very good player, playing with great maturity and experience, showing he can play with us.

"First of all I am sorry for this situation and I hope that his feeling is good". Every single player performed very well in this game.

City top scorer Sergio Aguero is absent following a vehicle crash on his day off in Holland on Thursday.

"For sure he has a lot of room for improvement, he's a young player, sometimes alternates positive things, negatives things". Honestly I am not anxious because I have players who try to make the best decision.

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