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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says N'Golo Kante fit after fainting incident

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Edward Snyder | 11 March, 2018, 01:53

Conte's charges will look to get back to winning ways when they host Crystal Palace at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday as they look to secure a top four spot at the end of the season.

Chelsea go into the game knowing only a win will keep their hopes of fighting for the top four alive, as the Blues now sit five points off Tottenham Hotspur in fourth.

Crystal Palace could climb up to 14th if they win and other results go their way. The Eagles are in 18th place, only a point from safety, but have a relatively easy run in, with only two games, including Saturday's, against the big six. The Blues have lost twice in a row while the Eagles have not won a Premier League match since triumphing 1-0 against Burnley on January 13, 2018. Antonio Conte's side is locked with Barcelona at 1-1 heading into the second leg on Wednesday.

The Blues lost 2-1 to top-four rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford after Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard cancelled out Willian's opener. Andros Townsend, meanwhile, has been an inspirational figure for his side in recent weeks, and could be pivotal if they are to get anything at all from Stamford Bridge.

"If I think it's right for the team to play in this way it's okay, otherwise I can take another decision to play with a striker".

Eden Hazard has scored 68 Premier League goals for Chelsea, one short of equalling Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's tally.




Giroud saw one effort cleared off the line and also hit the post, but Conte feels the Frenchman had a "positive" display nonetheless.

"This season we are also paying a bit for a lack of experience in many of our players, but Baka has the right personality to become an important player for Chelsea, I hope in the present but for sure in the future". For a lot of the game we dominated, we created many, many chances, a lot of chances to score.

"We must pay great attention".

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"No, normally when you come up against a team who are not having the best of times, that can be very unsafe", he said. David Luiz, Ross Barkley and Ethan Ampadu are, however, all sidelined. Chelsea are down on confidence, face Barcelona not long after this game and could be there for the taking.

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