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Chelsea FC Match Injury/Fitness Report: Diego Costa, Eden Hazard

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Carmela Zoppi | 20 Novembre, 2016, 20:08

Indeed, there are 14 places and 14 points separating Chelsea and Middlesbrough in the Premier League table, a rather cataclysmic gap considering we're just eleven games into the new campaign.

And Hazard, who has seven goals this season, appears revitalised.

As Hazard and Conte celebrated winning the Player and Manager of the Month awards respectively for October, the Chelsea coach said: "Eden is a player with great talent and an important player for Chelsea". You can see Eden is always involved in the game, not calm and off during the game. Eden is doing this and it's fantastic.

Chelsea nearly went two goals ahead straight after the restart, with Valdes saving a low Larcos Alonso effort before Calum Chambers did just enough to deny Pedro a simple tap-in from the rebound. "After an worldwide break it's not easy to restart but we must follow our way and work very hard".

"When we have the ball you can see that he can have freedom, but always to respect the other roles and the other two strikers, (Diego) Costa and Pedro". And for him it's better.

Pedro nearly finished a fine passing move from David Luiz and Costa, but his half-volley crashed off the woodwork with Valdes well beaten 19 minutes into the second half.

Chelsea were leaking too many goals and chances to the opposition for Conte's liking and he made a decision to act.

Antonio Conte thinks Eden Hazard is central to the way Chelsea is playing at the moment, with the star key to his side's run of five consecutive Premier League wins.

The 23-year-old English centre-back is believed to be being watched by the Blues, as they look to add defensive reinforcements to their squad.

"(But) he players enjoy this type of football, this system.

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