Antonio Conte admits 'it's not easy' living away from his family

"The Champions League must be an appointment for us every year". Against Watford they took a while to get going, although they really should have won the game after a dominant second-half performance and an equaliser from Andre Ayew.

Eden Hazard received a knock in training during the week but is expected to be fit to start against the Hammers meaning Conte is very likely to go with the same starting XI that beat Swansea last weekend. The last game against West Ham there was an exception.

There isn't much juice in the price but it's hard to look beyond a Chelsea victory at [1.65] given their class and current form.

'But it's important in this case to finish the right way and try to win.

Conte has suffered no fresh injury concerns at the back so I don't see him making any changes to his preferred back three.

"I think it's fantastic to find these experiences".

Antonio Conte says he is preparing for a "physical" match away to West Ham United on Monday, and is conscious of how Chelsea dropped points in their last away game to Burnley.

"I watched the Manchester City game against Monaco live because I wanted to breathe it in, the right atmosphere, and feel this type of game".

"We started our season aiming to fight until the end to win the title and to be in the right position to go into next -season's Champions League".

"I said I hope he's happy with that and he said he was very happy to stay and try to prove himself and prove he was ready to play for Chelsea".

With each passing week, Chelsea are inching closer to the title, and in their colossal lead at the top of the table keeps getting bigger with each game.

The two teams are meeting each other in the League at London Stadium and Conte doesn't want a repeat of the ugly scenes which overshadowed their EFL Cup clash at the same venue in October.

"Now this league is very, very hard".

  • Julie Sanders