Conte praises contributions of Hazard, Willian and Pedro

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte
GETTYAntonio Conte doesn't think Chelsea are in the title race
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13 December, 2017

Ince reckons no team will fancy facing Huddersfield on their own patch in West Yorkshire now they have regained confidence, and that includes the defending Premier League champions.

The Blues were forced to play without Alvaro Morata due to injury but still managed to breeze past David Wagner's side.

Here, while still in his teens, the little Argentinian genius showed glimpses of the bright future that lay ahead of him by tormenting Chelsea with his unplayable dribbling skills, drawing a foul from Spanish left-back Asier del Horno that saw the defender sent off.

After Chelsea failed to secure top spot in this season's UEFA Champions League group stage, they had to settle for second place behind Roma.

This was the first time that Eden Hazard - Chelsea's equivalent of Lionel Messi, you could say - came up against the Catalan giants.

A Didier Drogba goal from the first leg gave them a one-goal advantage going into the return at the Nou Camp but a red card for John Terry after Sergio Busquets had levelled the aggregate score gave them a massive uphill task.

Chelsea star Willian celebrates his goal
GETTYWillian got on the scoresheet in the win over Huddersfield

Bakayoko could and should have scored seconds earlier but his header from a Willian free-kick went inches wide of the home side's goal. The Blues had won six of their previous seven top-flight encounters heading into the weekend's derby, but their loss and Manchester City's defeat of Manchester United leaves them a mammoth 14 points off the top - a gap which Conte admitted will be insurmountable.

"My experience tells me it's impossible to win the title", Conte added after his comments following the West Ham game were brought up.

Huddersfield will look to keep things tight for as long as possible on Tuesday, but Chelsea should have enough quality to emerge victorious - although it may well be by a narrow margin.

"We must be ready to play at home".

"Our priority is the league and to stay up and fight for the Champions League place - at this moment". I like to win and when we lose, I'm not happy.

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