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Antonio Conte says Chelsea's Premier League title hopes are over after West Ham defeat

Antonio Conte Saturday, December 9, 2017 Antonio Conte has ruled Chelsea out of the Premier League title race. Last season’s champions were beaten 1-0 by West Ham on Saturday to leave them 11 points behind leaders Manchester City. REPORT – West Ham 1-0 Chelsea: Marko Arnautovic earns Hammers first win under David Moyes There are still 22 games left of the campaign, but Conte insists his side are not good enough to close the gap. The Italian said: “This is the fourth defeat in 16 games. When you have these stats it’s…

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Chelsea news: Antonio Conte claims Ngolo Kante would be his Ballon d'Or winner but admits Eden Hazard is a more likely to receive the crown

N’Golo Kante would be the coaches’ choice as the world’s best player, says Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. But the Italian admits Eden Hazard is the Chelsea ace most likely to win the Ballon d’Or. France midfielder Kante finished eighth in the voting and Belgium playmaker Hazard 19th as Cristiano Ronaldo won the prize for a fifth time, tying Lionel Messi’s mark. Real Madrid’s Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Messi and Neymar of Paris St Germain are usually the standout candidates for the prestigious prize, voted for by journalists. But Conte reckons Kante, like…

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Chelsea FC news: Antonio Conte no longer Paris Saint-German's top target to replace manager Unai Emery

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Thursday, December 7, 2017 Massimiliano Allegri has replaced Chelsea manager Antonio Conte at the top of Paris Saint-Germain’s wish list to replace Unai Emery. The Ligue 1 heavyweights are reportedly preparing to sack Emery unless he can win this season’s Champions League and they are already assessing potential successors. Chelsea’s Conte has emerged as one of PSG’s preferred options, especially with the Italian’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge under question this term. Chelsea are nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City and some reports this season…

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte fined £8,000 after being sent to the stands against Swansea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been fined £8,000 after admitting a Football Association misconduct charge following his sending-off against Swansea. The Italian was sent to the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick towards the end of the first half in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory after furiously protesting against the award of a Swansea goal-kick. Conte apologised to Swarbrick and fourth official Lee Masonfollowing the match at Stamford Bridge on November 29. The Football Association announced: “Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been fined £8,000 after…

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Chelsea FC: Antonio Conte says fixture congestion is not a 'coincidence'

‘Once it can happen. Twice it can happen. The third time, you start to be perplexed.’ Friday, December 1, 2017 Antonio Conte has suggested there is a fixture conspiracy against his Chelsea side. Chelsea play Newcastle at 12.30 on Saturday, having beaten Swansea 1-0 on Wednesday, 24 hours after the Magpies drew 2-2 at West Brom. Conte has previously complained about Chelsea’s fixture schedule in relation to matches with Manchester City, Watford and Liverpool following European games. And the Italian expressed his frustrations again on Friday. “Now it’s very difficult…

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Antonio Conte apologises to officials following dismissal against Swansea

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte apologised to referee Neil Swarbrick and fourth official Lee Mason after he was sent off during Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Swansea. Chelsea remain 11 points behind leaders Manchester City after labouring to victory against the Swans through Antonio Rudiger’s first league goal. Conte was dismissed from the touchline for the first time in his Chelsea career by Swarbrick moments before half-time after furiously protesting the award of a Swansea goal kick and questioning the visitors for time wasting. “It’s right to apologise for what happened…

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Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea: Antonio Conte ‘pleased despite the draw’

Antonio Conte did not feel too aggrieved after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool Saturday, November 25, 2017 Antonio Conte was pleased with Chelsea’s efforts against Liverpool, especially as his side played a Champions League match in Azerbaijan just days ago. The Blues fought back from one-goal down to secure a draw against Jurgen Klopp’s side, and did not appear to be tiring despite their midweek endeavours. Conte and his players were forced on a 5,000 mile round trip to play Qarabag on Wednesday, before heading up to Anfield for today’s…

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