Mark Hughes: Chelsea will miss Diego Costa's 'dark arts'

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Conte said of the 24-year-old: "I like him because he's a complete player and also he has a lot of room to improve in every situation, tactical, physical, technical aspect, he's very committed, his behaviour is always fantastic".

Swansea have now lost all three home league games so far this season and Watford won all three away after Richarlison's late victor earned the Hornets a 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium. Their loss to Stoke came under Jose Mourinho's disastrous last season at the club. So would Stoke be the game to rest a couple key players?

Different players may occupy the centre-forward position for Chelsea over the course of a season but the role remains the same Antonio Conte has explained, prior to the latest challenge for the forward line of breaking down the Stoke defence in Saturday afternoon's match. "Now it's important to rest well and prepare for another game against Atletico Madrid".

Thankfully it was then confirmed that the player was OK and that there were no serious injuries sustained during the incident.

"This season Stoke have won at home against Arsenal and drawn against Manchester United".




Kurt Zouma will not be taking to the field for Stoke as he is ineligible to play against his parent club. It will have been particularly galling for Potters boss Mark Hughes given that otherwise, his men performed reasonably well for much of the contest. "Now we have to play three games and yes, there is the possibility to try to pick him for these games".

Manchester City edged ahead of rivals Manchester United on goal difference at the top of the table thanks to a 5-0 win over bottom side Crystal Palace, while Romelu Lukaku's eighth goal in eight games for United earned them a 1-0 victory at Southampton.

"But ultimately he tipped the balance of the scales and he became a problem to the team, the spirit of the team and he could've destabilised the dressing room - and you get rid".

"We have to look forward". However, the Blues will be looking to bounce back from what was a lacklustre performance in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge last gameweek.

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