Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants a repeat performance from Eden Hazard

  • Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants a repeat performance from Eden Hazard

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants a repeat performance from Eden Hazard

Never-mind that this is a Palace side who have not won a league match at United since 1989.

Will Conte be smiling at the end of the game today?

Chelsea claimed a last-gasp 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday to top Champions League Group C. The Premier League champions play City on Saturday.

Premier League leaders Manchester City and defending champions Chelsea meet in a crucial match of gameweek 6 in London on Saturday. "But I have to check the physical condition for every single player and then to make the best decision".

'I think that sometimes with Eden, if he scores one goal he's happy, and if there is another situation he prefers to make an assist, not to score a second. They've both been wildly impressive in the past few weeks - City have outscored their opponents 19-1 in their last five all-competitions matches, while Chelsea are at 17-2 in the same span.

For sure I have great respect for Pep.

It's a run of form that has kept the Citizens unbeaten after six rounds this season and keeps them a top of the table on goal difference (they're level on 16 points with Manchester United which is the only other club unbeaten so far).

Chelsea lost striker Alvaro Morata to an apparent hamstring problem in the first half and were second best to a City side denied when Thibaut Courtois saved from David Silva and then Fernandinho before De Bruyne's victor. But, now, it's important to be focused on the next game against Manchester City.

"We did well, from the first (whistle) to the end of the game". Great compliments to Manchester City.

"He is big a loss for us because he is playing well".

"We had more chances than Chelsea - not too many but a little bit".

"It is normal when you play three games un only seven days to consider this aspect but we needed to take this risk".

However, Mourinho's side often failed to beat lower sides at Old Trafford last season - something that meant they had to settle for a sixth-place finish.

Kevin De Bruyne has been hugely influential in a holding midfield role for City but can expect to find it harder tonight, with N'Golo Kante still the master in there for Chelsea.