'Serious problem' with Luiz's knee - Conte

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The Belgium worldwide was left on the bench for Chelsea's 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on Tuesday, with the Italian preferring to lead with Eden Hazard in Álvaro Morata's absence.

Chelsea bounced back from Saturday's defeat at West Ham by finally producing a display worthy of champions against Huddersfield.

"I'm always happy here at Chelsea. I will try to analyse which players are ready because the Premier League is very demanding".

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has already spoken to former manager Carlo Ancelotti about replacing Antonio Conte before the end of the season, according to reports. Every player wants to enjoy the training session, to try and put the coach in difficulty with his choices.

"It's very simple. He can get on with the others, or he can sit in the stands", Conte said after the victory.

"Two different players, different characteristics", said Conte. "He has this pain in his back, but he's in contention for tomorrow's game".

City have won 16 and drawn one of their 17 league matches this season to top the table on 49 points - 11 clear of second-placed Manchester United.

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Conte warned Europe from the destructive team Man City is building, saying, "We must pay great attention - not only in England - because Man City is building a strong team to lead in Europe". "Because, for me, Southampton are a really good team".

"I think every player is frustrated when he doesn't play, especially when you have an injury". They have a lot of good players, young players but good players with great futures.

"I can tell you that, for sure, tomorrow the game will be very hard for us", he said.

So, that's not so much a title concession from Conte but him pointing out that it will be very tough for his team to claw any points back on City.

With the likes of David Luiz and Willian subject of recent exit rumors - though the latter has denied them repeatedly - the question of player happiness has been brought up once again.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have given Musonda the option to go out on loan this winter, with the youngster set to make a decision on his future, per Nizaar Kinsella at Goal.