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Conte praises contributions of Hazard, Willian and Pedro

13 December 2017

Chelsea were paired with Barcelona in Monday's draw, with the first fixture to take place at Stamford Bridge on February 20.

Conte told the press on Tuesday that, "Morata is out because he's a bit exhausted and there is a problem in his back".

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte declared his side's title defence was over after Saturday's defeat at West Ham, but his players responded to a man as goals from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro secured them victory at a canter.

In 1924, 1925 and 1926, the Terriers lifted the First Division title - some 31 years before Chelsea tasted their first (and only non-Abramovich money) top-flight success.

We need to ensure that we finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League. "At the end we lost the game". The Blues had won six of their previous seven top-flight encounters heading into the weekend's derby, but their loss and Manchester City's defeat of Manchester United leaves them a mammoth 14 points off the top - a gap which Conte admitted will be insurmountable.

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Chelsea's Willian celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates.

"This league is not simple, and we have to fight to find a place in the Champions League".

Conte was pleased with what he saw from his front three of Hazard, Pedro and William, the latter two having started on the bench against West Ham.

"The way we get in people's faces, we stop people playing, we win our tackles, we win our battles, we make it hard for teams".

Chelsea didn't have to be mightily impressive in order to take a commanding lead in the first-half as they latched onto a series of poor defensive errors from Huddersfield. "They are in a good moment of form and we must be very good to be more clinical in this game, because in the recent period we weren't clinical". We have to try to continue in this way, because my players enjoy to play this type of football, to have this great combination play between our strikers.

Conte praises contributions of Hazard, Willian and Pedro