Conte says David Luiz 'should be happy' to play for Chelsea

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'Every game I have to try to make the best decision and try to protect every player, ' Conte added.

Conte also praised Swansea manager, Paul Clement who was an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea during the 2010/11 season.

"Last season we started without this pressure, but I want to tell you that the pressure is very important".

"We must be focused to go game by game and go with my players to take as many points as possible, to try to reduce this gap on Manchester United and then we have to try to do this with Manchester City".

"There is a good link with Alvaro and for me also it's a great opportunity to play with two different systems".

"Manchester City's path is incredible, no?" he said.

'I want to pass my condolences to his family and friends, ' Conte said.

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"Thibaut is one of the best players, one of the best goalkeepers in the world".

The future of Willian is also fascinating, as the Brazilian will surely be a little concerned about being down the pecking order in the eyes of his manager.

"December is a very tough month. But at the moment they are the best team in the league and it's hard for them to drop points". "We started the season with a lot of problems", Conte said at his pre-match conference yesterday.

"We have to be there to keep on winning and hopefully close down on them, then towards the end of the season maybe overtake them".

Not so with Sandro and Barkley, with the latter reportedly ready to leave Goodison Park after Everton's nightmarish start to the season.

"You know any time you put together back-to-back wins, or a win and a draw, you're pushing out of those danger zones". I repeat he is doing a really good job.

Chelsea find themselves 11 points behind City going into their home game against Swansea City on Wednesday evening and, having suggested after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Liverpool that the club needed to enter January's transfer market in order to get anywhere near Pep Guardiola's side, the Italian has now called on those above him to seek out his advice in regards to exactly which players need to come in at the turn of the year.

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