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Proud To Coach Chelsea Players - Antonio Conte Reacts To Man City Defeat

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Match of the week: Chelsea and Manchester City ready to rumble

It represented a forceful return to earth for Chelsea after their excellent Champions League win at Atletico Madrid and their disappointment was compounded by an injury to prolific new striker Alvaro Morata.

An enforced absence will be a big blow to Chelsea and Antonio Conte.

City have also played Fabian Delph as a makeshift left-back in the past, but in a game of this magnitude, Guardiola is likely to favour the experience of Danilo.

In the top match of three played this Sunday, Liverpool (-150) is on the road taking on Newcastle United (+390 win, +295 draw). Damage or no damage, we have to go game by game, to do our best and then we'll see at the end of the season what happens in the way that we finish the league.

"N'Golo Kante played an wonderful game, but we are used to seeing that because he is a fantastic player", Conte said after Chelsea's win over Leicester.

The 26-year-old Belgium forward made his second start of the season at Atletico, having been limited to three substitute appearances in the league after the broken ankle sustained in June.

An early season fixture between two Premier League title contenders was won by a sweet 25-yard strike from Kevin De Bruyne, after the Belgian played a neat one-two with Gabriel Jesus.

But was Wednesday's impressive performance purely due to the change in formation, or was it due to the commitment and intensity of the players, which both coaches praised at their post-match press conferences.

"Honestly, I am not anxious", added Conte.

The City clash is Chelsea's seventh in 21 days. That's for you, big man.

After the first trophy-less campaign of his career last time around and a busy close season reshaping his City squad at considerable expense, Guardiola was clearly delighted to have claimed a major scalp after sticking to his stylistic guns.

"I think we have to look at ourselves", he said. "Great compliments to Manchester City". "Today we gave everything". It will not be easy to make decisions tomorrow. Every single player performed very well in this game.

"In this type of game you need time to recover". We are ready for this massive game.

"We play so high".

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