Antonio Conte Pleased With Eden Hazard's Performance As A Striker

Willian celebrates Chelsea's equaliser
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The Chelsea manager added that it is important that his players stay fit amid experiencing a tight schedule in the Premier League.

The Blues face Swansea on Wednesday at home after a tough test away at Liverpool on Saturday, in which they secured a hard-earned point.

Chelsea paid £34 million to re-sign Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain a year ago and the defender became a key part of Conte's 3-4-3 system which helped the team win the Premier League title.

Willian has been involved in each of Chelsea's last five goals and Conte has been asked whether he wants to see more goals from the Brazil global. "If you play every game, the probability to have an injury is very high".

"The most important thing is to look at ourselves and improve. For this reason we must be anxious because if we want to compete with Manchester City we have to work and then make the best decisions in the transfer market".

Conte admits that he is keen to close the gap on United first before worrying about the January transfer market. "Otherwise I don't protect them".

"Our form has not been particularly good, but that's the belief we have".

"I need to feel this and if I don't, I put it on myself and also the players because it is a vital part if you want to create something important, if you want to win".

Antonio Conte is busy drawing up his January shopping list, claims the Daily Star, with the paper reporting that the Chelsea boss has five players in his sights for when the transfer window opens in just over a month. Last season was very hard for me to find the best way but then we had a fantastic season.

After reportedly questioning Conte's tactics, the 30-year-old was made to train on his own ahead of the following game against Manchester United. "Now is not the right moment to talk about this topic", he said.

"Last season, if you remember we started the season without a lot of pressure because a lot of people didn't think Chelsea would be at the top of the table and maybe not even in the Champions League".

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