Chelsea need time to fight in Champions League, says Antonio Conte

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Although Costa received a text from Conte that he would no longer be needed at the club but the manager also told him to return to the club to train.

But the forward has refused, claiming the Blues had treated him like a "criminal", and has expressed desire to return to his former club Atletico Madrid.

However, the Spanish striker is unable to move to the La Liga side until January 2018 due to their transfer ban being upheld.

When this was put to Conte, the Italian's response was raucous laughter.

He said: "It's great, it's great".

"For every coach it's important to give continuity to the club because when you arrive you don't know what you'll find", Conte said.

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"The only words thought that I can tell our fans is that we are working very hard for the players to have a good season. It's amusing, this interview".

"We must have patience with him", Conte said of Hazard. It was incredible. I continue to repeat this.

Chelsea head across London to Wembley stadium to face Tottenham at their temporary home on Sunday afternoon and will be hoping for a better result after their disappointing 3-2 defeat against Burnley during the opening weekend of the campaign.

"Usually when you don't play regularly you lose sometimes your performance, sometimes your quality in your physical condition. Sometimes you can win but you are not building something positive for your future".

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte reckoned that the English Premier League title holders will need time to be competitive in European Champions League football. And when you understand your basis you have to try to work step-by-step, year-by-year to improve this basis, to make this basis more solid and to build a good structure.

Candreva made 45 appearances for Inter last season, mostly as a right winger. Last season we started to build this foundation and we won.

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