The Manager

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Antonio Conte: I'd like to start every game with the best players but this is not possible.

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Swansea at Stamford Bridge tonight, Antonio Conte has a clear message for his players heading into the busy festive period.

Between now and January 3rd, Antonio Conte and his Chelsea squad face ELEVEN games with an average of a game every three days.

Antonio Conte's message to Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard - Go and play with freedom.

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In recent weeks and against Atletico Madrid, with Antonio Conte's switch to a three-man midfield, he has given Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard exactly what they wanted - freedom.

The boss, in my opinion, never received ALL of the plaudits that he should have last season for winning the Premier League and that's because of our lack of involvement in Europe.

Antonio Conte speculation starts again and is a disgrace..

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Having had to deal with a number of reports that Antonio Conte's position at Chelsea was under threat a few weeks ago for the Manager to speak out, I'm afraid to say that for some reason it's starting again and is a disgrace.

It's becoming a real joke to be honest and there will be little doubt than in his pre-match press conference this Friday ahead of our trip to West Brom, Antonio Conte will take issue with that idiot Karveh Solakol from SkySports who will no doubt refer to these ridiculous reports for the second time in less than a month.

Emenalo quits Chelsea - Victory for Antonio Conte and finally a change in the right direction moving forward.

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Michael Emenalo has resigned from his role as Chelsea's Technical Director with immediate effect. In my view this another victory at Chelsea for Antonio Conte.

Sitting at home watching the victory over Manchester United again the other night with he subsequent post-match comments made by Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville it really hit home the poor and unfavourable opinion people have of the hierarchy of our club.

First Diego Costa, now David Luiz - Antonio Conte wins yet another battle at the Bridge.

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David Luiz was dropped from the first team squad to face Manchester United yesterday and faces a battle to get back in favour with Antonio Conte.

It's a shame really that plenty of the focus post-match has been about Luiz and a reported bust-up rather than the excellent performance that won us the game 1-0.

Antonio Conte: “I think if you are good enough to play with a great team, you play”

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With the likes of Charly Musonda, Ethan Ampadu , Jake Clarke-Salter and Dujon Sterling all being involved the other night, Antonio Conte has re-iterated his message to our youngsters.

With Chelsea's involvement in the Champions League this season, it was always going to be a game that the manager used to rotate his players.

Sometimes young players think they can play easily in the Chelsea first team, but that’s not true.

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Antonio Conte has defended his decision to sell Nathaniel Chalobah, Bertrand Traore and Nathan Ake this summer and has spoken of a lack of patience from youngsters these days.

There has been plenty of debate and comment made this summer over the decision to sell some of our most promising youngsters at the club who have had a taste of Premier League football at Chelsea last season.

What are Tottenham’s expectations? If they don’t win the title it’s not a tragedy but for the others it is.

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Antonio Conte has spoken out on comments made by Tottenham's Chairman Daniel Levy who has claimed that this summers transfer spending is unsustainable.

Heading into this summer the TV monies in the game being paid to ALL Premier League clubs as a minimum (£84.

Diego Costa: No messing around from Antonio Conte - Case closed.

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Antonio Conte has revealed to the media that a decision was made of the future of Diego Costa back in January as it became clear to the club, to the player and his agent that he was to leave Chelsea.

As with any player and the speculation regarding their future, you always have to wait to hear substance to those reports rather than rely on a barrage of comment and debate that follows for days/weeks afterwards.

Antonio Conte holds talks with Chelsea midfielder - Promises more game time this season.

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Antonio Conte had called a meeting with Cesc Fabregas at the start of Chelsea's pre-season campaign to re-iterated that he is in his plans for the coming season and that he will start more games.

I have to say it looking back now that the season is over and we have started preparing for the new campaign, Cesc Fabregas was different class both on and off the pitch.

Deal agreed - This is Chelsea's biggest summer signing - Antonio Conte.

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Antonio Conte has signed a new two-year contract at Chelsea making him the highest paid manager in the clubs history and reaffirms his commitment to our club.

There are literally no words to describe the achievements of Antonio Conte at Chelsea last season and the impact he made in the Premier League.

Diego Costa: You do not cross the boss - Striker told to find a new club by Antonio Conte.

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Diego Costa has revealed that he has been told to find a new club as he is no longer required at Chelsea in a message sent by Antonio Conte.

Speaking after Spain drew 2-2 last night with Colombia, when asked of his immediate future and any possible developments said:

"I'm a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there.

'It is true that I think we are building something important.' - Antonio Conte

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Chelsea's celebrations at the final whistle against Stoke on Saturday gave an indication of just how big those three points could be. Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand believe that no one can catch Chelsea now.
Stoke away is always a potential banana skin with our hosts being much stronger at the bet365 than they are on their travels and for many this game would have had this marked as a possible draw or even a Chelsea defeat as part of their Accumulator betting tips.

Has Jose Mourinho finally met his match in Antonio Conte at Chelsea?

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As Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho clashed on the touchline on Monday night during Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Manchester United, it became clear to me that Mourinho has more than met his match in the passionate Italian.

Let me start by talking of Mourinho and the chants from the fans on Monday night.

Frank Lampard talks Antonio Conte - What he is doing at the moment is fantastic.

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Having played under ten different managers in thirteen years at Chelsea, Frank Lampard was asked recently of Antonio Conte and whether or not he could create a dynasty at Chelsea.

We are very quick in this country to talk up players or teams when they are doing well, but also very quick to knock them straight back down again.

Antonio Conte to sign contract extension at Chelsea. Your thoughts?

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According to reports in Italy, Antonio Conte has agreed and signed a contract extension at Chelsea until 2020 which is excellent news and reward for his outstanding work at our club this season.

Whatever happens between now and the end of the season (as long as we finish in the top four) Antonio Conte deserves all the credit in the world for what he has done for our club.

What do you make of the apparent dig at Antonio Conte's Chelsea tactics by Jose Mourinho?

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Sitting in sixth and a massive fourteen points behind Chelsea despite being on a fifteen match unbeaten run, Jose Mourinho has taken apparent aim at Antonio Conte and the tactics he has adopted at Chelsea.

Looking at Mourinho from the outside now, you begin to see him in a slightly different light compared to when we adored him here at Stamford Bridge.

John Terry talks about life on the Chelsea bench under Antonio Conte.

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As always, there is plenty of comment, opinion and speculation surrounding John Terry and his current situation at Chelsea. Our Captain, Leader, Legend has responded in true JT style!

Life for JT on the bench. Having spent 19 years at Chelsea Football Club, leading the team through the most successful period in our history, you would be hard pushed to think that the current situation he finds himself in on a week-to-week basis isn't easy.

CONTE: I prefer all my players show me every single day that they deserve to play.

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Antonio Conte spoke to the assembled media in his pre-match press conference yesterday and when asked if he he would make any changes to the side that beat Leicester last weekend he offered no clues if he would.

As you can imagine, any changes to incorporate Diego Costa's return to the side after injury would be harsh on the players who put in a fantastic performance.

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Diego Costa, Jose Mourinho and David Luiz among Antonio Conte's spats

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Antonio Conte is an uncompromising man, and in his 16 months as Chelsea head coach the Italian has shown on numerous occasions he is prepared to fight to protect what he sees as his club's interests, even if it ends up making him a few enemies along the way. David Luiz heads into the November international break on the naughty step after being dropped against Manchester United, while technical director Michael Emenalo made the surprise decision to step down amid significant tensions between Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy -- though the relationship between the Nigerian and Conte did not reach the stage of those below.

Antonio Conte: We have 19 points and we deserve to have 19 points

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Despite Chelsea's victory over Bournemouth on Saturday night, we sit in fourth place with a gap of nine points to the Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Ask anyone of the Premier League title race and everyone with in depth knowledge of our game will tell you to look to after the busy Christmas and New Year period to see where we are at, to then judge our progress through the first half of the season.

Antonio Conte puts to bed any talk of leaving Chelsea and remains focused on hard work.

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Antonio Conte has put to bed any recent speculation of his immediate future as Chelsea's head coach in his press conference ahead of today's game at Crystal Palace.

I am so glad that the international break is over for two reasons. Firstly, we do not have to put up with being forced to watch Gareth Southgate attempt at leading an England team with Jordan Henderson in it which is bad enough having those two involved and secondly, because of all the crap that comes out of the media regarding the futures of some of our biggest stars.

Antonio Conte - Ignore the negativity from pundits and the press. Get behind the manager.

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After Chelsea's disappointing result against Manchester City a week ago, the press and pundits that cover our game have re-started speculation over Antonio Conte's position at Chelsea this season.

It really annoys the life out of me with the way the press cover our game.

Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea: Antonio Conte's tactical masterclass leads to massive win for the blues.

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Two goals from Marcos Alonso sealed a much needed and vital three points for Chelsea at Wembley. Antonio Conte's tactical masterclass frustrated the life out of Tottenham who had to rely on an own goal from Michy Batshuayi to register on the score sheet themselves.

There had been been plenty of comment ahead of the game of Chelsea, Diego Costa, the suspensions of Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas and a threadbare squad that would lead to our downfall at Wembley yesterday afternoon.

Antonio Conte insists Chelsea are working hard to sign players. Will that only be at the last minute?

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Antonio Conte has re-iterated that Chelsea must sign three or four more players to strengthen the squad ahead of the new season. Reports state that Chelsea are reluctant until they see how things play out in the first few games of the season.

It's become clear that Nemanja Matic was sold by Chelsea against the wishes of Antonio Conte.

Personal success if very important but most important is the team success - Antonio Conte.

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As Chelsea prepare to defend their Premier League title under Antonio Conte this season, Antonio Conte has re-iterated that the manager must have total control of the dressing room.

Two seasons ago Chelsea made a mess of their Premier League title defence under Jose Mourinho and our season fell apart.

Paulo Ferreira compares Antonio Conte to Jose Mourinho and talks of a new era at Chelsea.

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Paulo Ferreira who played for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and now works as part of the Chelsea backroom team under Antonio Conte has compared the two in the build up to our big game on Sunday.

It's something that every single manager who comes to Chelsea has to face, questions and comparisons of the most successful manager in the history of Chelsea Football Club - Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea defender heaps praise on Antonio Conte who thinks, eats and sleeps football.

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Kurt Zouma has been speaking of his long awaited comeback to the Chelsea first team in the Premier League and has heaped praise on Antonio Conte.

Zouma made his first appearance in almost a year having suffered that horrific knee injury against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last season.

John Terry not surprised that Chelsea find themselves where they are under Antonio Conte.

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Antonio Conte has received plenty of plaudits for turning things around at Chelsea and John Terry has added to that with plenty of praise for the man who has taken the Premier League by storm.

We all felt it, we all believed we were heading back into the nightmare of last season after Arsenal inflicted a devastating 0-3 defeat on us at The Emirates.

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Antonio Conte - His treatment at the hands of the English media is a disgrace!

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Antonio Conte had to face questions at the end of last week over his Chelsea future and of stories linking Carlo Ancelotti with a return to Stamford Bridge as his replacement.

(Now you will have to forgive me for the timing of this post. I was travelling around Italy last week and when these reports came out I was in Piedmonte (wine country) with no PC or decent Internet access.

Frank Lampard: This is Chelsea's biggest signing of the summer.

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Frank Lampard believes that Antonio Conte signing a new Chelsea contract would eclipse any potential player coming into the club and would represent our biggest signing this summer.

Speaking recently, and with all the speculation surrounding Chelsea's impending summer signings, Lampard was keen to point out and remind us all of the impact Antonio Conte made last season and the sooner that we can get a new contract signed the better.

Antonio Conte: The result is important but it doesn't decide the season for Liverpool or Chelsea.

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Antonio Conte has rejected claims that a Chelsea victory at Anfield tonight would put an end to the Liverpool title challenge. Do you agree?

Both the Media and Pundits alike are all talking of Liverpool's poor form this week, losing to Swansea at home in the Premier League, losing the League Cup semi-final against Southampton followed by being dumped out of the FA Cup against Wolves last weekend.

Rumours

Ex-Chelsea Manager claims Antonio Conte is unhappy as the Azurri look to take him home.

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Antonio Conte remains under the spotlight as two reports have surfaced claiming that he is unhappy with the Chelsea board and the Azurri want to rehire him as the Italian head coach.

I am literally counting down the days until we hear from Antonio Conte in his pre-match press conference due this Friday afternoon ahead of our trip to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

Rejected - Two more big name targets decide against joining Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

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Reports have surfaced that both Alex Sandro and Alvaro Morata have rejected the opportunity to join Chelsea to remain at their current clubs which would be another huge disappointment for Antonio Conte.

If these reports are true, then it's another disastrous transfer window for Chelsea which seems to have been the case for the third summer running.

Antonio Conte: I never thought I would see the likes of Jose Mourinho again at Chelsea until now.

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What a season it has been for Chelsea Football Club, the Chelsea Players, the Chelsea fans and for Antonio Conte in particular. The reward? A new lucrative contract from Roman Abramovich.

When Antonio Conte signed on the dotted line to become the next Chelsea manager, he signed a two-year contract worth a reported £6.

Antonio Conte: Chelsea to offer new lucrative contract and substantial funds on the table after an incredible season.

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According to various reports, Chelsea are planning to tie Antonio Conte down a long-term, lucrative contract to fend off interest from Inter Milan with the promise of substantial transfer funds as he prepares to take a crack at the Champions League with Chelsea next season.

Roman Abramovich has made some cracking decisions over the years since he became the owner of Chelsea Football Club.

Two wins away from the title and a possible double but Chelsea face uncertainty beyond the summer.

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Chelsea are just two wins away from the Premier League title and a possible double this season, the first under Antonio Conte but uncertainty remains over his and a number of players this season.

Do not misunderstand me, our focus is on the next two games this week on Monday against Middlesborough followed by our trip to West Brom on Friday night with two wins securing the Premier League title for the fifth time and our second in three seasons.

Diego Costa talks of a strained relationship with Antonio Conte but not when it seemed to be the case.

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Diego Costa has spoken of how his relationship with Antonio Conte was strained this season with talk of a move away from Chelsea but it's not the move you would think it could be.

As with Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa has been the focus of continuous speculation about his future ever since he arrived at Chelsea three summers ago.

Chelsea to back Antonio Conte this summer with FOUR key signings and a new contract.

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According to reports, Antonio Conte has been promised funds to make FOUR key player signings this summer in addition to signing a new extended contract as the club starts planning for life beyond this season.

There are many conflicting reports surrounding the relationship between Antonio Conte and the Chelsea board with recent comment pinpointing differing opinion of Conte to that of Roman Abramovich and claiming that there is a breakdown in communication.

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Tactics behind Conte's Premier League success at Chelsea.

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