Keeper Joe Hart set to miss out against Chelsea


Ahead of facing West Ham, Conte is expecting a "physical" game and admitted it has been "strange" to see them struggle so badly this season. I hope not tomorrow, but after our game.

'Now there is a lot of games before the transfer window. Now I think is not the right moment to speak about this.

On Hazard, who has been repeatedly linked with Real due to his admiration for Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, Conte added: "It's important to be focused on this moment".

Conte's focus is on trying to keep pace with City at the top of the table. From being an nearly untouchable member of the Manchester City and England squads, his erratic global form and the arrival of Pep Guardiola to the Etihad have sparked a chain reaction that has left the 30-year-old facing the prospect of becoming the backup keeper for a bottom-half Premier League outfit for an extended spell.

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"It's very hard to see two defeats in a row for a great team", Conte added. Per Opta, 10 points from 15 is their worst-ever start to a campaign in the Premier League era and they last went nine without a win in 2010-11, when they were relegated to the Championship. He will likely be eyeing upcoming matches against Stoke City, Bournemouth, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion as more favourable opportunities to end that sequence rather that back-to-back meetings with Chelsea and Arsenal. Fellow strugglers Crystal Palace provided the blueprint for how to shock them as recently as October, of course. Their most recent defeat was at Roma.

But Conte is taking nothing for granted.

"We must pay great attention to try to make the best decision, to try to find the right solution".

Luiz will miss Saturday's clash with West Ham, as will Danny Drinkwater, who has a fever. "Joe is England's number one and Adrian is a really good goalkeeper here at West Ham so we have good competition". For sure this team is a really good team with good players'. It's a bit unusual to see them in this position in the table.