Antonio Conte defends record after Chelsea's slow start to season

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Honestly I don't read a lot.

A Chelsea spokesman interrupted the questioning to dismiss the veracity of that story, but Conte went on a rant.

They narrowly survived an Edin Dzeko-inspired comeback from Roma in the Champions League and throwing away a lead and dropping points is becoming a increasing problem for Antonio Conte's men, who risk dropping further afield away from the likes of the two Manchester clubs and Tottenham at the top of the table.

"I've answered this very well in the past about different issues".

"It's a lack of respect".

"I don't think [the last few months] could have gone any worse", Drinkwater told Chelsea TV after the game, which was won thanks to goals from Antonio Rudiger and Willian.

There have also been newspaper stories claiming Carlo Ancelotti could be on his way back to the club as a replacement for his fellow Italian.

"I'm very happy. Tonight he didn't score, but he played very well".

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The question is how badly they feel they need depth on the 53-man roster with Brown hobbled. They also rank 31st in defense DVOA , an advanced stat developed by Football Outsiders.

"If you want to hit me, do it, but why put another person in it?

A lot of bullshit" Conte said.

"I hate this type of situation".

And Hazard seemed to be in high spirits ahead of the game as he posed for a picture with Donald Duck ahead of Chelsea's trip to Bournemouth.

He also confirmed that N'Golo Kante and Victor Moses will not be available today.

Howe remains nonplussed by football's sack culture, and insisted every Premier League boss' job must be on the line if Conte faces an uncertain future.

The Blues travel to Bournemouth on Saturday, and Conte believes they are a better side than their current league position suggests - inside the relegation zone. "I preferred to give him the opportunity to play from the start because he needs to play, to find the right tempo and rhythm of the game".