'Batshuayi is ready to start' - Conte backs Chelsea striker


"They try to create problems for me and the players".

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

Reigning champions Chelsea have made an inconsistent start to the current campaign and presently stand nine points adrift of early pacesetters Manchester City after nine games. Now it will be very easy to tell him to play.

"If someone is happy writing this then I can't do anything". I scored, we won.

Chelsea will still head into the game as favourites, given the two teams' positions in the league, but the champions have looked vulnerable recently and Bournemouth have momentum.

The Italian continued: "You don't know me".

"But for the rest, I'm very happy".

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Conte also opened up on regularly talking with Ancelotti.

Wrapped up warm in their team tracksuits the Blues took in the sights of Bournemouth Pleasure Gardens a couple of miles away from the Vitality Stadium.

"For sure, it is not simple to play without N'Golo because he is an important player for us, but now I think that the team is used to playing without him", Conte said at a news conference at Cobham Training Centre.

Eddie Howe, meanwhile, admitted his concern at Bournemouth's results, with his side sitting second bottom of the table with only seven points and six goals from their first 10 games. If you want to hit me, hit me. "We need to find a way to draw these games, or even nick them".

He added, of the same newspaper's story that Carlo Ancelotti was in line to replace him as manager: "I don't care what newspapers write".

"I don't think we hurt them, we didn't stretch their back five and a poor touch here and there stopped us".