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Chelsea have struggled this season and are in serious danger of missing out on a place in the Champions League in 2018/19 unless they win the competition.

"We are to show great resilience", he said, "because the game, for sure, will be totally different [to Palace]".

Conte has also been heavily linked with a return to his previous job as Italian national coach in recent weeks, although this latest report suggests his future will lie in club football and not at worldwide level.

Of course, this didn't wash with the Sky Sports pundit who responded, declaring "these Chelsea players took a day off". If you don't play, you're unhappy. "It's important to be committed in the team, and not to think about myself or another".

"When you arrive at that point in your career, though, you start to have your mind more open".

Chelsea signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in January but he has been used sparingly by Conte, who added: "For sure, [Giroud] is ready". On Friday he recalled the experience he says he carries in his heart.

Klopp was frustrated at Anfield because United refused to come out of their defensive crouch and make a game of it, though at the same time he was unwilling to gamble too much in search of a win. "It's very important to have a balance in the team because when you don't have that balance anything can happen". My stupid answer was: 'We are winning, but I'm not happy because I'm not enjoying the role the coach made a decision to give me'.

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"After training, the club called me".

"If I have to see a positive aspect about his injury, he had a lot of time to metabolise the bad performance against Watford", Conte said of Bakayoko. Hopefully we will play our game. "I was on the bench against Piacenza". "I think Willian is playing in a fantastic way but I want to underline not only with the ball, also without the ball because he is working very hard for the team", the Italian said.

The Belgium global believes he is wasted through the middle but Conte says the belief should be kept behind closed doors.

Chelsea travel to Catalonia on Tuesday bolstered by the timely weekend victory against Crystal Palace and with their Champions League tie finely balanced at 1-1.

"I did this when I was a player", he recalled. Medical checks gave Kante the all-clear. An early goal from Willian and an own goal helped Chelsea secure all three points to close in towards the fourth-placed Tottenham.

"They're going to have to bash us over the head to get us down - we're not going to surrender in any way".

"We must go (with) speed".