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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

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

Yaya Toure agent continues Guardiola offensive

Yaya Toure has been told he won't play again for Pep Guardiola until Dimitri Seluk apologises. Credit: PA

Yaya Toure's agent Dimitri Seluk has taken another swipe at Pep Guardiola by calling on the Manchester City hierarchy to rebuke their manager over his treatment of the Ivorian.

Guardiola left Toure out of City's Champions League squad and is refusing consider picking the 33-year-old again unless Seluk apologises for a series of derogatory public comments.

They must say to Guardiola, ‘Yaya is our family’. How is it possible to speak like this? It is not correct to do that. It is not correct to give up on a top-class player. But this is his decision - he is a good coach but his personality is s***.

If Yaya is on the field or not, everyone will ask: ‘What is this decision from Guardiola?’

Normally a person cannot make a decision like this. And it is England, not North Korea or Afghanistan — so people will discuss whether it is right and they will have their opinions.

OK, Guardiola has won matches this season, so everyone must only see his fantastic football.

But his personality is far from great. I repeat the message from everywhere that he has been from Barcelona to Bayern Munich. Many people don’t like him.

Many people don’t understand how it is possible to do what he has done with players.

– Seluk to the Sun


Klopp: 'We could have done better'

Klopp was happy with Liverpool's win but still sees room for improvement Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was satisfied with the 5-1 win over 10-man Hull but was still slightly disappointed the performance fizzled out in the second half.

"The first half was brilliant, that was how football should be if you are able to do it," Klopp said.

"In the first few minutes you could really see how strong we could be in counter-attacks.

"I was a little bit surprised of the speed and power of these situations.

"The most impressive thing today was the counter-pressing: I think it was the best game we played in counter-pressing until now.

"Second half was not as exciting, still good but not at 100 per cent of concentration.

"I don't want to criticise but I think we could have done better in the second half.

"It was good, but not as good as it could have been.

"We have a lot of things to improve and one is that if you are brilliant you need to be brilliant for 95 minutes."

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