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Chelsea 'a great team only on paper', admits Conte

Chelsea have now endured comprehensive defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal. Credit: PA

Antonio Conte criticised his Chelsea players for failing to justify their reputations after Arsenal surged to a 3-0 win over the Blues on Saturday.

Chelsea capitulated in 40 first-half minutes at the Emirates Stadium as goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners a first Premier League win over their London rivals since October 2011.

The defeat leaves Chelsea eighth in the table after consecutive defeats to top-four rivals, and Conte held nothing back in his post-match assessment.

If someone thinks this season is easy, we must work a lot to improve and change the situation because now we are a great a team on the paper, not on the pitch.

I prefer to be a great team, not on paper, but also on the pitch because the pitch speaks the truth, the pitch is the most important thing for us. Not the words, not the paper. We must change this.

Last season was a bad season and last season we were a great team on the paper. This team we want to be a great team also on the pitch.

There are many difficulties but if we understand this we are in a good position to recover and to change the situation.

– Conte press conference

Guardiola: De Bruyne injury 'a pity' for Manchester City

De Bruyne has been arguably the Premier League's outstanding player this season. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola says it was "a pity" that Kevin De Bruyne was forced off with a hamstring injury during Manchester City's 3-1 win over Swansea City, but admits he doesn't yet know how serious the problem is.

De Bruyne has been in rampant form so far this season and notched two assists for City at the Liberty Stadium before limping off the pitch in the 81st minute.

From the way he reacted, I think it's a muscular injury but I am not a doctor.

I don't know how serious it is so we will travel back and then see what the doctor says.

It's a pity as Kevin is an important player for us. That's why we have to have a big squad as everyone will help us.

– Guardiola press conference


No shadow cabinet reform at conference: McDonnell

The Labour party does not plan to consider calls to allow MPs a greater role in shaping the shadow cabinet at its conference - and is unlikely to make any decision before parliament reforms in October, said John McDonnell.

The shadow chancellor told Peston on Sunday that the national executive committee would not be ready to bring any proposals in time for the party's annual conference.

He confirmed that leader Jeremy Corbyn will retain power over the selection of his cabinet in the meantime.

I'm open for a discussion on it, I'm open for a discussion about whether its MP and members and whether there's a balance of that...what we don't want to do at this point is pre-empt anything.

It will remain the status quo and then we'll see how we go from there.

– John McDonnell

Yvette Cooper: Corbyn needs to show deeds not words

Yvette Cooper has said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn need to "show different ways of working" if he is to unite the party, as she called on his team to show "deeds not words".

Speaking on Peston on Sunday, the former Shadow Home Secretary said: "I think the thing that Jeremy needs to do in order to pull the whole party together is to show different ways of working, for example to have shadow cabinet elections that would allow a lot of people to come forward and to stand.

"But also some other things that he and John (McDonnell) need to do to show through deeds not words that actually they want to take the lead in drawing the whole party together and... making sure we can win back votes in marginal seats that we need."

Deeney deserves England call-up, insists Mazzarri

Deeney has scored on each of his last two Premier League appearances for Watford. Credit: PA

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri believes England boss Sam Allardyce should consider naming striker Troy Deeney in his next squad.

Deeney has scored on both of his last two Premier League appearances for the Hornets, in victories over West Ham and Manchester United.

Mazzarri says he is yet to receive a call from Allardyce or the Football Association about Deeney, but says he would welcome one.

I would be proud and really happy if Deeney went to the national team. He has improved physically and he is much fitter now.

He is a strong striker, he just needs to look after his fitness, but of course he is international level.

I respect the England manager and his decision, and I am biased as he is one of my players.

The FA can call me with the help of an interpreter, but they haven't called up until now.

– Mazzarri press conference
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