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Antonio Conte anxious key player may not return this season

11 February 2018

My players are not used to it, but they are getting used to these rumours and speculation.

They have scored just 21 goals so far this season in the league and if they are desirous to remain a Premier League side next season, they must score goals regularly from here.

The Spaniard has not featured for the Blues since January 17th. physioroom do not provide a definitive return date for Morata.

Alan Pardew's West Brom start as underdogs here, and are looking to bounce back from last weekend's dramatic 3-2 loss to Southampton. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said, "The day Conte leaves Chelsea, if I was Arsenal, I'd be straight on the phone".

"Players like Morata, for us that are very important, have been missing for a long time". I don't know how long he will be out.

"I think that, maybe, you have to find a bit more balance".

"After the summer? you know very well, my contract expires in 2019".

Chelsea have won all three Premier League meetings against West Brom under Antonio Conte without conceding a single goal. The Blues have a tough road lying ahead of them in the English top flight with a series of big games including the Champions League tie against Barcelona.

Seeing them slip down to the Championship would nearly be an easy way out for West Brom, with the two teams having not met in a baffling six years since the Baggies dismantled Wolves 5-1 in what was the old gold & black's final season in the PL to date.

Fans at the Emirates have become more and more restless with Wenger over the last few years, with a lack of a serious title challenge and poor performances in Europe ringing in "Wenger Out" protests with increasing regularity, season after season. But after failing to mount a title defence this season, Conte's job has put him under scrutiny. But Conte insisted he is very much a Chelsea manager and is working hard to get his players back in the groove. 'If the club decides to send me away, it'll be because they're not happy with my work'.

"Then the situation totally changed because I followed my work and changed totally the situation with the players".

"I think that, in my opinion, you continue to work with a manager or coach not because of what he achieves in one season, but because you trust in him", he added. The reason why we lost to the Saints was not exclusively down to injuries, although it was a contributing factor, writes Baggies blogger Nathan Carr.

Antonio Conte anxious key player may not return this season