Antonio Conte shocked by speed of success at Chelsea

They have been transformed since the Italian adopted the increasingly-popular 4-3-3 formation, in which summer signings David Luiz and Marcos Alonso have excelled as much as the team-mates who struggled under Jose Mourinho last season.

Hazard, 25, missed the 1-0 victory over the Black Cats after suffering a minor knee injury in the preparation of the game.

"Yeah, I think he's fit".

On the subject of Oscar, Conte says we have to wait to see what happens regarding his future. "Then, I have to see if I decide to put Eden in the starting XI - not only him, but also for the other players".

The defeat in midweek has left the Eagles sitting 16th in the table and just three points above the relegation zone so Alan Pardew will be looking for a response from his players tomorrow. Before that they played in August 2015 and Crystal Palace won the game 1 - 2.

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'We played Sunderland on Wednesday, came back at 4am and only had one day to prepare for the game'.

"People say I can not defend but I recovered the ball, went forward and scored [against Sunderland]", Fabregas added. But, until now, we've been working very well and we are a great surprise for many people.

"Now for us it is very hard, because when you play against another team they have nothing to lose. And for this reason they play with great intensity and aggression to try to beat a team who has 10 wins in a row". However, even if they manage to win all the remaining games of the year they will still not have broken the Premier League record.

"But I repeat, this situation is a good situation for the opponent because, now, when they are playing against you, they have nothing to lose". Then if we continue to win it is fantastic. "We will try for sure to win the game".

'The best we can do is to make sure we give them a game which makes it as hard as possible and hopefully get ourselves a result.

  • Regina Holmes