Chelsea FC: Star's return bodes well for striker Alvaro Morata

Diego Costa

Speaking of his experience of playing in the Premier League, he said: "It's the most competitive league in the world".

Following the triumph over Atletico, FiveThirtyEight believe we now have a 91% chance of progressing to the round of sixteen.

Some of those problems were created by Conte's insistence to stick with the 3-5-2 rather than the more sensible 3-4-3 that would've afforded Chelsea another forward.

Most importantly for Antonio Conte is probably his league record where he has six in six appearances, meaning the worries over Diego Costa being effectively banished from the first team left alongside the temptestuous striker as he confirmed his move to Atletico Madrid last week.

Hazard's display at the Wanda Metropolitano this week looked like a player keen to make amends and prove a point simultaneously. It is important to let them make the right decision for themselves, the club and for everyone'. "But I have to check the physical condition for every single player, and then make the best decision". The whole thing was a life experience. He certainly shouldn't be judged exclusively on his goal return, but he will need a greater efficiency in the tournament to be labelled amongst the top three on the planet.

Hazard is ready to start his first top-flight game of season, against Manchester City on Saturday, having recovered from summer ankle surgery, and he excelled in his side's victory at Atlético Madrid in midweek.


"There were are looking to qualify [for the finals], hopefully we can pull that off".

Conte said when asked about whether Aguero's absence has changed his preparations: 'No. "But the manager showed me he trusts me and he has a great passion for me to deliver. But I think and hope he stays healthy".

"There are strong teams, but we're very happy because we're fighting for the Premier League too".

The striker went off after just 36 minutes, gesturing to his hamstring.

Chelsea have now completely recovered following a hard start to the season, but it's rarely been noted that they have been without their best player for this period.

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