Chelsea manager Antonio Conte only has himself to blame for club's woes

Lynette Rowe
August 19, 2017

Since Chelsea won the title last term, Conte has endured a surprisingly hard period that shows no signs of abating heading into Sunday's clash with title rivals Tottenham at Wembley.

Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko have given Chelsea a boost by taking part in a friendly against Queens Park Rangers.

However Hazard could still be a way off a return to Chelsea's first team, as his manager Antonio Conte warned last week that it was hard to set a date on when he'll be available for selection.

It could mean that both Hazard and Bakayoko are available to be picked by manager Antonio Conte provided their fitness is up to scratch following an entire summer of injury - but the Italian will be hoping two of his most important players will be back as soon as possible.

The Express report Conte said: "Hazard is improving, but to be fully fit we must have patience and do the best for him".

"About Bakayoko, he is improving very well. He's not at the top of physical condition but I think he will be in contention for the game because in this moment I don't have other midfielders available", Conte told a pre-match media conference on Friday.

'The situation is not easy in this moment.

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Bakayoko missed Chelsea's first game of the season due to a minor knee injury but he has been joining in with full training at Cobham in recent days. I don't know about his situation, it is hard.

"At this moment some players don't have 100 per cent".

Antonio Conte is not prepared to allow Chelsea star Eden Hazard join the Belgium squad for their upcoming global fixtures.

"Pedro has trained with us today".

'[Alvaro] Morata is another player who needs to improve and find the right physical condition.

'My only worry is when you try to put the players back very early, the risk of getting an injury is high. "It's a hard situation, I don't know if he's available for the bench or not on Sunday". "We have to take some risks".

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