Antonio Conte will leave Chelsea before Christmas, Roman Abramovich doesn't care - Groves

Chris Sutton says Chelsea must spend big if they want to catch Man Utd and Man City

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Chelsea won the Premier League and were the runners-up in the FA Cup last season, but have struggled for consistency in the present campaign.

Eden Hazard reckons Chelsea can still retain the Premier League title.

However, Conte has dismissed suggestions that his training methods are contributing to the club's recent injuries, instead stating that his players are training "70% less" than in their title-winning campaign.

The Times claim several Chelsea first-team stars are unhappy with the intensity of the training regime and - although still supportive of their boss - they blame the three training sessions a day programme for the growing list of injured stars.

Chelsea first suffered a 0-1 home loss to the title contenders and big rivals Man City, thanks to the goal from a former Blue Kevin De Bruyne.

"I feel pride when I see the way they worked in the last match".

Watford's opponents Chelsea surrendered a two-goal lead before scrambling a 3-3 draw in the Champions League with AS Roma on Wednesday.

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Antonio Conte's side lost just five matches on the way to a deserved title earlier this year, but have already been beaten three times in the league to slip nine points behind early leaders Manchester City while sitting in fifth place at 4-1-3.

Yahoo's Duncan Castles reports that the 48-year-old manager has already chose to leave the Bridge at the end of the season - assuming he isn't sacked first.

"You look at Manchester United, you look at Manchester City and what is the common characteristic? "

Alvaro Morata played 90 minutes against Roma on his return from a hamstring injury, so he should be in line to feature again. We take everything game by game.

Marco Silva's men will no doubt target Chelsea in aggressive fashion, but their ability to play expansive football will also test the hosts if they show little presence in midfield or solidity at the back.

Chelsea's trip to Rome is followed by Manchester United's visit to Stamford Bridge on November 5.

Conte will be without N'Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater while David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko picked up niggling injuries against Roma that could also keep them out of tomorrow's game.

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