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Conte curious to see how Chelsea fare without Costa, Kante

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:03

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte sees tough test ahead as the high-flying side host mid-table Bournemouth without two key players.

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 22, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA MANAGER ANTONIO CONTE, ON WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE PLAYING WITHOUT COSTA AND KANTE, SAYING: "Yeah, for this reason this is a good test for us, because we play this game without two players who are very important for our team. For this reason I think it's important this test, to evaluate this situation, the global situation in our squad. Also, to give the possibility to play some players who until now is not playing a lot or to find another solution, it's important I repeat, what my eye sees this week is very important." STORY: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is keen to see how his side cope with the absence of striker Diego Costa and midfielder N'Golo Kante and may change his favoured 3-4-3 formation when Bournemouth visit in the Premier League on Monday (December 26). Costa, the league's leading scorer with 13 goals, and Kante, have both featured in all of Chelsea's league games this season, but are suspended against Bournemouth. "Yeah, for this reason this is a good test for us, because we play this game without two players who are very important for our team. For this reason I think it's important this test, to evaluate this situation, the global situation in our squad. Also, to give the possibility to play some players who until now is not playing a lot or to find another solution, it's important I repeat, what my eye sees this week is very important," Conte, whose side are six points clear at the top after an 11-game winning streak, told a news conference on Thursday (December 22). Conte has no injury concerns ahead of the game apart from skipper John Terry, who is still unavailable.

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Conte curious to see how Chelsea fare without Costa, Kante

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:03