Chelsea still a team in transition, says Conte

Chelsea host Southampton on Tuesday.

"A defeat for the league leaders will open the door for Spurs".

Chelsea has to get their act together to not ruin its season with the finish line in sight. He's not the type of player who likes to speak out. Now to the road, where Southampton has the eighth-best record in the Premier League.

Mourinho has indicated he could make changes following a 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday, with the Portuguese coach seemingly prioritizing United's bid to win the Europa League - a prize that carries automatic qualification into the Champions League.

Gazzetta explain Inter Milan's new owners Suning are ready to offer the candidates a lucrative five-year contract worth €11m a season, which is enough money to turn most heads in the managerial world.

Hazard and Diego Costa are expected to return to Chelsea's starting XI, having started Saturday's game at Wembley on the bench. Although back into training, he is not 100% certain for tonight.

Lloris believes Chelsea's superior experience may have made the difference on Saturday.

Southampton won at Chelsea last season but are out of European contention this term.

"But I'm happy if he is able to play".

Defensively speaking, the Italian is in to get a predicament regarding who gets to replace Gary Cahill, who's fighting sickness.

Influential centre-back Virgil van Dijk is a long-term absentee with an ankle injury, while striker Charlie Austin is doubtful due to a shoulder problem. Also not available for tonight's game versus Chelsea is defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu, who sits out a suspension.

Claude Puel's side haven't beaten a team now in the top six of the Premier League all season, drawing two and losing six.

Chelsea have scored a few times in 29 of their 32 Premier League 2016/2017 matches.

"Chelsea are used to winning trophies, it's a winning team, and maybe they have more experience than us". They also haven't gone this long without a league clean sheet in almost 21 years.

Middlesbrough is without a win in 16 Premier League games, a run stretching back to December 17, and appears set for an immediate return to the Championship.

Last season's clash at the Emirates produced late drama with Danny Welbeck scoring Arsenal's victor in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Matches with Southampton involved have seen both teams to score land in 6 of their last 16 matches in all competitions.

Antonio Conte says he would rather lose a game than have selfish players in his Chelsea team.

  • Julie Sanders


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