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Chelsea's Antonio Conte vows to fight speculation 'to the end'

16 February 2018

Hazard, who took his season's tally to 15, was more unequivocal.

'We want to try to win this game and then to prepare also our confidence in the right way before the games against Barcelona and then two tough games in the league against United and City.

The Liverpool loanee was substituted after just three minutes in the 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Monday night. "In terms of their mentality also. for this, I'm very good", Conte was quoted as saying by British media. Our poise in the game was good and we still created chances.

Chelsea's FA Cup fifth-round tie at home to Hull City on Friday is likely to provide Emerson with the opportunity to make his debut, with Conte expected to rotate his squad, with Barcelona in the Champions League coming up next week.

Pardew said that the striker is likely to be unavailable for the FA Cup game against Southampton on Saturday.

"Me and the players, we are trying to do our best to give them the best satisfaction". They showed me great support because I think they are reading speculation and rumours about me.

"Honestly I don't think talk about my future can affect the players", he added.

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"We must be very pleased because Morata played very well in the last 30 minutes, with great personality and speed", Conte said.

'For sure Emerson is ready to play from the start.

West Brom only had themselves to blame for not getting back into the game early in the second period. "He must find the best physical condition but we must be happy".

Conte had been unable to name a recognised striker in either of those matches with Morata sidelined for almost a month due to a back injury and Giroud only having joined from Arsenal on January 31.

The striker's link play demonstrated he already has a promising understanding with Hazard, and he said: "It's simple with Hazard because he smells the game, he smells the football". New signing Olivier Giroud, still recovering from a muscular problem after joining from Arsenal, set up Hazard's first goal.

Hazard scored his second and Chelsea's third to give his side a commanding lead as the west London club ran out easy winners in the end. It was only after the Baggies twice threatened the Chelsea goal that the hosts seemed to become fully engaged, allowing the vast difference in talent between the two sides to become evident.

Chelsea's Antonio Conte vows to fight speculation 'to the end'