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And back-to-back league defeats against Bournemouth and Watford - following the Carabao Cup semi-final lost against Arsenal - have further increased speculation that he will not last until the end of the season.

League leaders, Manchester City - on 69 points from the same amount of games - are a massive 24 points ahead of the north London outfit.

Conte and several of his players have pointed to a relentless and at times unfavourable schedule as a factor in Chelsea's recent slump, and fatigue has manifested itself in a wave of injuries that has swept through the squad.

Chelsea talisman, Eden Hazard has expressed concern over the brilliant form of the Barcelona ace, Lionel Messi ahead of their UEFA Champions League ties.

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"I think the Premier League is hard". "It's hard to win every year". We have to get diving out of the game.

The Gunners know that a win against their bitter local rivals would move them to within one point of Spurs as the race for Champions League qualification this season hots up. "Every week there are three games". "I just think Chelsea, Man City, I fancy Liverpool and Man United". Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic departed in the summer while six new players arrived. But this is not about one player, it is about the whole team. That's why football is special.

Conte, who guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in his his first season in charge, said: "For sure I have to tell thanks to the fans. You never know what's going to happen, especially in England".