Diego Costa peps up Chelsea ahead of Man City clash

But Saturday's surprise 2-1 home defeat to lowly Crystal Palace has revived hopes elsewhere that Chelsea could be vulnerable.

Jesus was not involved in the full training session on Monday, however, restricted to just light work as he takes the first steps towards his comeback.

Conte has also had Hoffenheim's Germany Under-21 worldwide Jeremy Toljan watched in recent weeks.

Kane's return - earlier than expected - will give the team a huge boost and nearly guarantees goals, which should mean a stronger push at overhauling Chelsea's lead in the league.

The youngster has been regular for Hoffenheim this season and represented his country during the Rio Olympics. "I don't know exactly how many weeks it will be but he is at the end part of the process".

He predicts Chelsea will beat Manchester City 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, commenting: "I just don't see how Man City are going to contain Chelsea. You can not imagine. Everyone is thinking about now and for these young players it's not easy to do everything they do on a regular basis every three days". "Hopefully he can help us in the last games of the season".

"But in my opinion, next season Chelsea will be in Europe and will be a tough team again".

"Obviously they play less games, they and Liverpool play much, much less - both of them they have more time to prepare what the manager wants to prepare", he added. Currently, they rank fourth in the league table with 58 points in 29 games and are undefeated in the last eight consecutive games with 4-4-0 record including 3-1-0 record in last four away games.

The Nigerian has played a key role in Chelsea's success this season, featuring 27 times already.

The hosts are seven points clear of Spurs, and 11 ahead of City, who drew 2-2 at Arsenal on Sunday after twice taking the lead.

At this moment, I'm pleased with my players.

Sergio Aguero has scored six Premier League goals against Chelsea, with four of those coming at Stamford Bridge.

Kevin de Bruyne has assisted 13 goals for City in all competitions this season, one more than he managed last term.



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