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Conte to rotate Chelsea team for Champions League

Conte says he will rotate his squad in the Champions League. Credit: PA

Head coach Antonio Conte is poised to rotate his players when Chelsea make their Champions League return on Tuesday night.

The Premier League winners play their second of seven games in September on Tuesday night when their Group C campaign opens against Azerbaijan's Qarabag.

Sunday's league clash with Arsenal follows before a midweek Carabao Cup tie with Nottingham Forest for the Blues, who won the Premier League in Conte's first season as boss.

The Italian said: "You are never relaxed in England, because you have to play a tough league and also FA Cup and also Carabao Cup.

"Now we are starting to play the Champions League. To play 60, 65 games it's normal, but it's not easy.

"In my past sometimes before a Champions League game you rested. In England it's not easy to do this.

"When you make the decision (on selection) there is always the risk. The risk could be to play with the same players as against Leicester and then after the game 'why didn't you change the team that was tired?'"

"I must be realistic, I must be calm, to make the best decision for these seven games."


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Crystal Palace sack Frank de Boer

Frank De Boer has been sacked by Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Frank de Boer has been sacked by Crystal Palace after just four games in charge.

The Dutchman has endured a nightmare start, failing to take a point from any of the club's first four Premier League matches since taking over in the summer and the club have now terminated his contract.

Former England manager Roy Hodgson is reported to have been lined up to succeed De Boer.

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Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer.

We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the club.

A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future.

There will be no further comment at this time.

– Official Crystal Palace statement.
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Fifa open disciplinary proceedings against Alli over England qualifier gesture

Alli gestured with his middle finger during England's 2-1 victory over Slovakia at Wembley on Monday Credit: PA

Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Dele Alli over his gesture during England's World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.

Alli gestured with his middle finger during the 2-1 victory at Wembley on Monday, an act he claims was directed towards team-mate and friend Kyle Walker.

"We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened following this incident. Please understand we cannot comment further at this stage," a Fifa spokesperson said.

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