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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has said that he is pleased with his side's performance after they returned to winning ways against relegation candidates Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Tomkins added: "You can look at it and say we were unlucky, but it's another defeat".

Chelsea are at Barcelona in the Champions League next Wednesday, the tie is delicately poised at 1-1, and it is just possible Antonio Conte was trying to give his players the best chance of success at Camp Nou by not running them too hard in chasing lost causes at home. "I am a big fan of Conte", Bellamy told Sky Sports. My team has not got great experience but players who need that experience: people like [Andreas] Christensen, [Tiemoué] Bakayoko are young, or we have players playing for the first time or the second time in the Champions League. "We have a lot of players playing for the first time or the second time in a Champions League game".

The Parisian outfit's project has always been to win the Champions League title, having largely dominated Ligue 1 since the Qatari takeover in 2011.


The 29-year-old is enjoying his best season at Chelsea, with his goal against Palace his fifth in as many games and his 13th of the season.

He also played up front against Barca, but was deployed in his more familiar role roaming from the left flank here. I trust a lot in all my players.

Conte was forced to defend his tactical approach amid widespread criticism after the match, but the Italian is adamant that he will continue to vary his attacking set-up as the situation requires, while also reaffirming his trust Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud. "But the commitment of all my players was good".

Asked if Hazard would play as a "false nine" again this season, Conte replied: "Yes, but if I think it's right for the team to play in this way, it's OK". An early goal from Willian and an own goal helped Chelsea secure all three points to close in towards the fourth-placed Tottenham.


Two super strikes came out off the post, he created four chances for team mates and constantly put the opposition on the back foot with his penetrative dribbling.

'It will be very special for me, ' Alonso said.

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


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