Conte: Man City match not simple for exhausted Chelsea

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Chelsea made a ideal start on their return to European football's premier club competition after a year's absence, with a 6-0 thrashing of Azerbaijani newcomers Qarabag two weeks ago. His first start of the season went amazingly well and he was Chelsea's best player on the pitch.

Their second clash was in April this year at the bridge and once again Conte's Chelsea won that game by two goals to one, which meant that the Italian did the double over the Catalan and put their head-to-head meeting at 2-nil in his favour. "If you see the first goal of Atletico you completely understand where the mistake was and why we conceded that goal". We didn't take it. City created a chance and were very good to take the chances to score.

Jose Mourinho naturally took the defeat badly and singled Eden Hazard out for criticism: "Eden is the kind of player that is not so mentally ready to look back to his left-back and to leave his life for him". You know very well he is a top player and this season he has a big opportunity to get better because the Champions League is important for players to show they can compete to be the best'. I like this behavior, this attitude. "It's easy for me playing with him".

"I need to check on every player before deciding whether to make changes to the team tomorrow", he added.

Antonio Conte is hopeful the French pair can become the backbone of his Chelsea side. 'For Ronaldo, if he scores once he wants two or three or four.

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For sure I have great respect for Pep.

"These teams are very strong, very good and a have a lot of experience in this competition and also the Europa League. But I think and hope he stays healthy".

After the game, Conte seemed confident that the issue was minor. The Blues were unable to break down a resolute Arsenal side at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago and Guardiola could copy a leaf from the playbook Arsenal used on that day to try and contain the home team this time around, while relying on a devastating attack team, to break down the home team's defence. It was the same last season and they have improved a lot with good signings and they started well and have a lot of confidence'.

"It was a tough game but we know very well that Manchester City is a really big team and it's very hard, this type of game".