However, with former Man City striker Dzeko now 31, and Chelsea desperate to land a striker before next Wednesday’s transfer deadline, they could have to break their own rules to bring the Bosnian in.
The reigning league champions have not been as convincing as they were last season under Conte, who is said to be looking to add to his squad before the January transfer window shuts. You can not be sure that the players are right for each game because they know they might leave. It’s very hard to tell today, only that they need to come back. I have to make sure we are doing things in the right way, and if we have this common idea and we are on the same page then I am not anxious about that.
Antonio has confirmed Thibaut Courtois, Alvaro Morata and Willian will miss out through injury but Cesc Fabregas is in line to returned having returned to training following a hamstring injury.
Even in these good times, and for those who’ve just joined us in the past decade or so, believe me these are the good times, it’s still a constant roller coaster of emotion.
Kenedy made the loan switch from Chelsea to Tyneside earlier this week but won’t be eligible to face his parent club.
Conte said: “I live this job with great passion, with great love and for this reason sometimes I don’t sleep”. It’s by far their most likely chance of silverware.
The Spaniard said: “With what I know about them and what I know about Conte, they will put out a very strong team because, for them, it’s the main competition now”.
In his first season in English football, Conte, who won three consecutive Serie A titles in his last managerial position in club football at Juventus, guided Chelsea back to the Premier League summit and eradicate the dressing room rancour following José Mourinho’s ill-fated title defence that saw numerous Chelsea players down tools.
“Nothing has changed. There was the summer, then after the summer nothing has changed [in terms of his views on the running of the club]”.