Antonio Conte keen to kick out complacency in Chelsea stars

Tricia Pearson
February 11, 2017

"I paid great attention to the stats, and Burnley took 28 points at home and only one point away". Do you disagree? Let us know!

They are heavy favourites to go on and win the title.

In a way the signs were there when they fell to a 2-0 loss at Burnley in their second game of the season, in between their 4-3 away win at Arsenal and 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

It means that Chelsea have a fully-fit squad to choose from heading in to the Burnley game as they look to at least maintain their nine-point advantage over second-placed Tottenham and move one step closer to reclaiming the title. Based on the tendency of these teams to go into the break level, we'll back Draw/Chelsea HT/FT. Yet they have both suffered a series of poor results and now find themselves with next to no chance of putting the most pressure on Chelsea, according to HITC Sport readers anyway.

"They played miles better than us on the day and fully deserved the victory", he said.

The Portuguese, who replaced Mike Phelan in the Tigers dugout at the start of the month, has already faced the likes of Chelsea, United and Liverpool in his first five Premier League games, with Arsenal next on the agenda.

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Speaking to the BBC's Premier League Show, Conte said: "Now we are top of the table but this league is very tough".

But the Blues have lost just three league games all campaign and only once since September, and they are nine points clear at the summit. He is very happy to fight for the title. "I think in the end we didn't do enough".

The players are determined to get the season back on track and hope that post-game debrief on Tuesday will act as a rallying cry ahead of two huge fixtures.

The biggest shock is undoubtedly Hazard, who is widely regarded as one of the Premier League's best players yet boasts a meagre minutes-per-goal/assist ratio of 230.9 having played 40 games. They will not just be in the Champions League next season, but wholeheartedly pursuing the silverware.

"In life, he is very simple, very shy, others rarely hear his voice". The guys said to him, 'You're doing it on objective.

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