Conte backs Christensen ahead of City game

Posted October 02, 2017

He is quoted by the Metro as saying: "Chelsea have one of the best strikers in Europe - and I am sure he is going to win trophies with them..."

The striker watched from the stands at the Wanda Metropolitano as Morata scored his seventh goal in eight games since his arrival from Real Madrid. "It's easy for me playing with him".

"When you have good players it's more simple to find this link, to find this combination, to play together very well", Conte said.

Hazard has only recently regained full fitness after a spell out injured, although the former Lille man looked back to his sharp self in Madrid on Wednesday, whilst De Bruyne has been pulling the strings of the league's best attack all season.

With perhaps the largest downer of the day being Alvaro Morata's withdrawal after just 35 minutes with a hamstring injury, Chelsea's play worsened following his exit as replacement Willian couldn't prevent City controlling the midfield.

The goal was met by the full-time whistle from the referee, and Chelsea will now head into their next clash against Roma aware that victory would already move the club to the brink of qualification for the last 16.

Conte believes that the challenge of facing Manchester City will remain sizeable, reiterating once more his dissatisfaction at having only one day on the training ground to prepare for the Saturday evening fixture.

"I'm seeing great determination in him", the Italian added.

Fantasy points per game don't tell the whole story in all honesty, as Hazard is averaging 4.4 whilst his Belgian counterpart averages 12.4, despite their hugely contrasting minutes played.

"It was probably only before I went on holiday this summer that I wondered if I'd get a chance", said the 21-year-old. "We have the points we deserve".

Even after a last minute victor against Atletico Madrid and a title winning goal against West Brom, Batshuayi still isn't trusted.

Today we gave everything and after a game you can win or you can lose, but I think the most important thing is to see that your players give you everything.

"The last few games Fabian Delph has played and he had an outstanding performance".