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Conte bemoans Chelsea's lack of regular goalscorer

Hazard has 12 goals this season, Morata has 11. Credit: PA

Antonio Conte has blamed the absence of a main goalscorer for Chelsea's struggle to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

Chelsea kept alive their Champions League hopes with a 1-0 victory at Swansea on Saturday, Cesc Fabregas settling the contest in the fourth minute with his 50th Premier League goal.

A third successive away win cut the gap on fourth-placed Tottenham to two points, who have a game in hand and entertain Watford on Monday night.

But Chelsea remain firm outsiders to make the Champions League next season - and Conte knows the reason why.

"Our top scorer (Eden Hazard) has scored only 12 goals," Conte said after claiming his 50th Premier League victory.

"And if your best scorer has scored only 12 goals it means it is very difficult to fight for something this season. This is the reality, the stats speak very well."

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Chelsea set for pre-season International Champions Cup

Chelsea lost to Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup 2017 in Singapore. Credit: PA

Chelsea are to participate in the International Champions Cup amid their pre-season preparations for 2018/19.

They will do so for the fifth time, and will be joined by Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and further teams that are still to be announced.

Chelsea last summer played both Bayern and Inter in Singapore. Fixtures, dates and venues for the coming summer will be confirmed next week in Miami.

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