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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ready to get tough with dissenters 

Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea squad they must stick together as they attempt to avoid a third successive Premier League defeat and a repeat of the dressing room problems that ended Jose Mourinho’s reign. David Luiz was visibly unhappy at being substituted against Roma in the Champions League, despite suffering a slight calf injury, and waved his arms in the air before heading straight down the tunnel for treatment. Chelsea head coach Conte is believed to have been concerned enough with the reaction to remind Luiz and his team-mates that he will not accept such behaviour ahead of Saturday’s clash against in-form Watford. Luiz was filmed smiling and striking a familiar pose as he walked on to the training pitch on Friday, which suggested there has been no fall-out between the 30-year-old and Conte. But Conte has no intention of seeing his management undermined and will not tolerate the sort of widespread disharmony that plagued Mourinho’s Chelsea title defence and resulted in the Portuguese being sacked. Any player who is caught questioning any of his decisions in future is likely to be dropped. Chelsea blamed “palpable discord between manager and players” for the decision to dismiss Mourinho in Dec 2015, but remain confident recent results under Conte will improve. Conte will be hoping for an improvement in fortune when they meet Watford Credit: REUTERS It was in the final months of Mourinho’s second spell at the club that Chelsea last lost three successive Premier League games and the club head into the clash against Watford on the back of defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace. The situation Chelsea find themselves in represents a swift downturn in fortunes since the Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid just over three weeks ago that left owner Roman Abramovich delighted. Other than celebrating the result, Abramovich was said to have purred over Chelsea’s performance and the fact they took the game to Atletico and dominated their hosts. Conte refused to disclose whether he has been in communication with Abramovich since the Atletico victory, but insisted he did not need any public backing from Chelsea. “I think that, about my talks with the club, it's right to keep them secret,” said Conte. “It's not important to tell the press. I think, honestly, it must be in this way. This is the right way. “The support is my job. The support is my job, my work. This is only my support. I know only this support in my experience. I don't know other support. I have to put all myself into the job. If this is enough, it's okay. If it's not enough, (shrugs). But the only support I know is my job.” 20 best players in the Premier League: August 2017 Conte’s job has been made harder by injuries to N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater, while Tiemoue Bakayoko has been struggling to get over a groin problem suffered against Roma. The absences have limited Conte’s options to rotate as he attempts to juggle Premier League and Champions League campaigns, but the former Juventus manager foresaw his problems before the season started. Having warned in pre-season that this could be one of his most difficult challenges, following a title-winning first season at Chelsea, Conte said: “I was a magician to anticipate it. Honestly, I think to anticipate some difficult situations is not for all. “But, for sure, you hope. You hope you won't have problems in your season. But, I repeat, I stay here to work. I stay here to put all myself into this club, for the fans and the players. Me and my staff. “I'm a person who is not afraid to face the difficulties. My history speaks very clearly on that. I fought in the relegation zone. I started my career very badly, my first experience, but I understood and learned a lot about this. I repeat. I have experience, a lot of experience, as a player and as a coach of facing this type of situation. But I was a magician to anticipate.” Which Premier League striker would you pick in your fantasy XI? Conte this week responded to Mourinho’s jibe over rival managers “crying” about injuries by telling the Manchester United manager to stop talking about Chelsea. On Friday, he insisted he did not regret biting back but refused to be drawn further into a row. Conte said: “Regret? Why? I think every coach, every manager has to talk about his job, about himself, about his team, about his players. Not the other [team's players]. My answer is always the same. Every coach must be focused on his own work. That's the best way. “For me, this is a stupid subject. A stupid issue. It's fun to see your interest in this. I'm surprised about this, honestly.” Roma have been charged by Uefa after a section of their travelling supporters allegedly directed monkey chants at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during the Champions League draw between the two clubs. The complaint was made by the Football Against Racism in Europe group and the case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on Nov 16.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ready to get tough with dissenters 

Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea squad they must stick together as they attempt to avoid a third successive Premier League defeat and a repeat of the dressing room problems that ended Jose Mourinho’s reign. David Luiz was visibly unhappy at being substituted against Roma in the Champions League, despite suffering a slight calf injury, and waved his arms in the air before heading straight down the tunnel for treatment. Chelsea head coach Conte is believed to have been concerned enough with the reaction to remind Luiz and his team-mates that he will not accept such behaviour ahead of Saturday’s clash against in-form Watford. Luiz was filmed smiling and striking a familiar pose as he walked on to the training pitch on Friday, which suggested there has been no fall-out between the 30-year-old and Conte. But Conte has no intention of seeing his management undermined and will not tolerate the sort of widespread disharmony that plagued Mourinho’s Chelsea title defence and resulted in the Portuguese being sacked. Any player who is caught questioning any of his decisions in future is likely to be dropped. Chelsea blamed “palpable discord between manager and players” for the decision to dismiss Mourinho in Dec 2015, but remain confident recent results under Conte will improve. Conte will be hoping for an improvement in fortune when they meet Watford Credit: REUTERS It was in the final months of Mourinho’s second spell at the club that Chelsea last lost three successive Premier League games and the club head into the clash against Watford on the back of defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace. The situation Chelsea find themselves in represents a swift downturn in fortunes since the Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid just over three weeks ago that left owner Roman Abramovich delighted. Other than celebrating the result, Abramovich was said to have purred over Chelsea’s performance and the fact they took the game to Atletico and dominated their hosts. Conte refused to disclose whether he has been in communication with Abramovich since the Atletico victory, but insisted he did not need any public backing from Chelsea. “I think that, about my talks with the club, it's right to keep them secret,” said Conte. “It's not important to tell the press. I think, honestly, it must be in this way. This is the right way. “The support is my job. The support is my job, my work. This is only my support. I know only this support in my experience. I don't know other support. I have to put all myself into the job. If this is enough, it's okay. If it's not enough, (shrugs). But the only support I know is my job.” 20 best players in the Premier League: August 2017 Conte’s job has been made harder by injuries to N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater, while Tiemoue Bakayoko has been struggling to get over a groin problem suffered against Roma. The absences have limited Conte’s options to rotate as he attempts to juggle Premier League and Champions League campaigns, but the former Juventus manager foresaw his problems before the season started. Having warned in pre-season that this could be one of his most difficult challenges, following a title-winning first season at Chelsea, Conte said: “I was a magician to anticipate it. Honestly, I think to anticipate some difficult situations is not for all. “But, for sure, you hope. You hope you won't have problems in your season. But, I repeat, I stay here to work. I stay here to put all myself into this club, for the fans and the players. Me and my staff. “I'm a person who is not afraid to face the difficulties. My history speaks very clearly on that. I fought in the relegation zone. I started my career very badly, my first experience, but I understood and learned a lot about this. I repeat. I have experience, a lot of experience, as a player and as a coach of facing this type of situation. But I was a magician to anticipate.” Which Premier League striker would you pick in your fantasy XI? Conte this week responded to Mourinho’s jibe over rival managers “crying” about injuries by telling the Manchester United manager to stop talking about Chelsea. On Friday, he insisted he did not regret biting back but refused to be drawn further into a row. Conte said: “Regret? Why? I think every coach, every manager has to talk about his job, about himself, about his team, about his players. Not the other [team's players]. My answer is always the same. Every coach must be focused on his own work. That's the best way. “For me, this is a stupid subject. A stupid issue. It's fun to see your interest in this. I'm surprised about this, honestly.” Roma have been charged by Uefa after a section of their travelling supporters allegedly directed monkey chants at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during the Champions League draw between the two clubs. The complaint was made by the Football Against Racism in Europe group and the case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on Nov 16.

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Champions League - Chelsea vs AS Roma

Soccer Football - Champions League - Chelsea vs AS Roma - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - October 18, 2017 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas and team mates after the match Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Champions League - Chelsea vs AS Roma

Soccer Football - Champions League - Chelsea vs AS Roma - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - October 18, 2017 AS Roma's Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring their third goal with Maxime Gonalons and team mates REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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UEFA charge Roma after racist chanting witnessed

Racist chanting towards Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger didn't fall on deaf ears at UEFA.

UEFA charge Roma after racist chanting witnessed

Racist chanting towards Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger didn't fall on deaf ears at UEFA.

UEFA charge Roma after racist chanting witnessed

Racist chanting towards Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger didn't fall on deaf ears at UEFA.

Chelsea ‘really missed Victor Moses’ against Roma, says Martin Keown

The Arsenal legend said the Nigeria international who is out injured was sorely missed by the Blues as they were held by the Italians on Wednesday

Uefa investigate Roma after fans accused of 'monkey chants' during Chelsea clash

Uefa investigate Roma after fans accused of 'monkey chants' during Chelsea clash

Uefa investigate Roma after fans accused of 'monkey chants' during Chelsea clash

Uefa investigate Roma after fans accused of 'monkey chants' during Chelsea clash

Uefa investigate Roma after fans accused of 'monkey chants' during Chelsea clash

Uefa investigate Roma after fans accused of 'monkey chants' during Chelsea clash

Chelsea ‘really missed Victor Moses’ against Roma, says Martin Keown

The Arsenal legend said the Nigeria international who is out injured was sorely missed by the Blues as they were held by the Italians on Wednesday

Chelsea ‘really missed Victor Moses’ against Roma, says Martin Keown

Chelsea ‘really missed Victor Moses’ against Roma, says Martin Keown

Roma charged by Uefa over alleged racist chanting at former defender Antonio Rudiger

Roma charged by Uefa over alleged racist chanting at former defender Antonio Rudiger

Roma have been charged by Uefa after some of their supporters allegedly directed monkey chants at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during Wednesday's Champions League match at Stamford Bridge. Germany defender Rudiger left Roma for Chelsea last summer, having previously expressed his frustration at a failure to tackle racist incidents which saw him targeted. A statement from European football's governing body read: "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the Uefa Champions League group stage match between Chelsea FC and AS Roma (3-3), played on October 18 in England." Uefa said the charge was "racist behaviour (monkey chants)", adding: "This case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on November 16." Rudiger, 24, appeared in Wednesday's fixture as a 77th minute substitute. The match ended in a 3-3 draw Credit: PA Before his departure from Roma in May, for an initial £29million, he told German sports magazine SportBild: "Racism is a serious issue here. "Incidents like the ones with (Juventus' Medhi) Benatia and me simply happen too often in this country and that is why something must happen now. When the Italian FA is not doing anything then Fifa must act. "It is easy to come up with the 'No to racism' campaign but when you don't do anything concrete then that does not help." Chelsea had taken a 2-0 lead against the Italians on Wednesday before falling 3-2 behind and eventually securing a draw through Eden Hazard's equaliser.

Roma charged by Uefa over alleged racist chanting at former defender Antonio Rudiger

Roma have been charged by Uefa after some of their supporters allegedly directed monkey chants at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during Wednesday's Champions League match at Stamford Bridge. Germany defender Rudiger left Roma for Chelsea last summer, having previously expressed his frustration at a failure to tackle racist incidents which saw him targeted. A statement from European football's governing body read: "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the Uefa Champions League group stage match between Chelsea FC and AS Roma (3-3), played on October 18 in England." Uefa said the charge was "racist behaviour (monkey chants)", adding: "This case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on November 16." Rudiger, 24, appeared in Wednesday's fixture as a 77th minute substitute. The match ended in a 3-3 draw Credit: PA Before his departure from Roma in May, for an initial £29million, he told German sports magazine SportBild: "Racism is a serious issue here. "Incidents like the ones with (Juventus' Medhi) Benatia and me simply happen too often in this country and that is why something must happen now. When the Italian FA is not doing anything then Fifa must act. "It is easy to come up with the 'No to racism' campaign but when you don't do anything concrete then that does not help." Chelsea had taken a 2-0 lead against the Italians on Wednesday before falling 3-2 behind and eventually securing a draw through Eden Hazard's equaliser.

Roma charged by Uefa over alleged racist chanting at former defender Antonio Rudiger

Roma Charged by UEFA Over Alleged Racist Chants During 3-3 Draw With Chelsea

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Roma Charged by UEFA Over Alleged Racist Chants During 3-3 Draw With Chelsea

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UEFA charge Roma fans with racist chanting at Chelsea match

Proceedings have been opened following an alleged incident during the Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge

UEFA charge Roma fans with racist chanting at Chelsea match

Proceedings have been opened following an alleged incident during the Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge

UEFA charge Roma fans with racist chanting at Chelsea match

UEFA charge Roma fans with racist chanting at Chelsea match

Proceedings have been opened following an alleged incident during the Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge

UEFA charge Roma fans with racist chanting at Chelsea match

BREAKING NEWS: UEFA charge Roma over racist chanting at Chelsea match

UEFA charge Roma over alleged racist chanting at Chelsea match

BREAKING NEWS: UEFA charge Roma over racist chanting at Chelsea match

UEFA charge Roma over alleged racist chanting at Chelsea match

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Roma over alleged racist chanting during the 3-3 Champions League draw with Chelsea.

UEFA charge Roma over alleged racist chanting at Chelsea match

Uefa launch disciplinary proceedings against Roma over racist ‘monkey chants’ aimed at Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger

Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida suffers gruesome head injury in Europa League tie  

Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida suffered a nasty head gash on Thursday evening after a head clash with Young Boys midfielder Moumi Ngamaleu. The 28-year-old required lengthy medical attention after appearing to be knocked unconscious in the collision.  Both players were left prostrate on the pitch with less than 10 minutes remaining in their Europa League tie in Kiev. Young Boys players immediately gestured for a medical attention from the sideline after seeing the severity of the incident. Domagoj Vida is forced to leave the pitch with blood covering his face Credit: AP  A bloodied Domagoj Vida leaves the pitch Credit: AP  Dynamo's team doctor attempted to stem the flow of blood from  Ngamaleu's head wound but the Ukranian was eventually forced to leave the pitch. Dynamo Kiev remain top of Europa League Group B after hanging on for a 2-2 draw. Medical staff give assistance to Domagoj Vida and Young Boys midfielder Moumi Ngamaleu  Credit: AFP  The image of Vida leaving the pitch with his shirt completely stained with blood was reminiscent of the famous picture of England's Terry Butcher from 1989. The incident comes less than 24 hours after Gary Cahill was forced to wear a strange bandage dressing around his head after suffering a chin injury in Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Roma. 

Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida suffers gruesome head injury in Europa League tie  

Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida suffered a nasty head gash on Thursday evening after a head clash with Young Boys midfielder Moumi Ngamaleu. The 28-year-old required lengthy medical attention after appearing to be knocked unconscious in the collision.  Both players were left prostrate on the pitch with less than 10 minutes remaining in their Europa League tie in Kiev. Young Boys players immediately gestured for a medical attention from the sideline after seeing the severity of the incident. Domagoj Vida is forced to leave the pitch with blood covering his face Credit: AP  A bloodied Domagoj Vida leaves the pitch Credit: AP  Dynamo's team doctor attempted to stem the flow of blood from  Ngamaleu's head wound but the Ukranian was eventually forced to leave the pitch. Dynamo Kiev remain top of Europa League Group B after hanging on for a 2-2 draw. Medical staff give assistance to Domagoj Vida and Young Boys midfielder Moumi Ngamaleu  Credit: AFP  The image of Vida leaving the pitch with his shirt completely stained with blood was reminiscent of the famous picture of England's Terry Butcher from 1989. The incident comes less than 24 hours after Gary Cahill was forced to wear a strange bandage dressing around his head after suffering a chin injury in Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Roma. 

Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida suffers gruesome head injury in Europa League tie  

Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida suffered a nasty head gash on Thursday evening after a head clash with Young Boys midfielder Moumi Ngamaleu. The 28-year-old required lengthy medical attention after appearing to be knocked unconscious in the collision.  Both players were left prostrate on the pitch with less than 10 minutes remaining in their Europa League tie in Kiev. Young Boys players immediately gestured for a medical attention from the sideline after seeing the severity of the incident. Domagoj Vida is forced to leave the pitch with blood covering his face Credit: AP  A bloodied Domagoj Vida leaves the pitch Credit: AP  Dynamo's team doctor attempted to stem the flow of blood from  Ngamaleu's head wound but the Ukranian was eventually forced to leave the pitch. Dynamo Kiev remain top of Europa League Group B after hanging on for a 2-2 draw. Medical staff give assistance to Domagoj Vida and Young Boys midfielder Moumi Ngamaleu  Credit: AFP  The image of Vida leaving the pitch with his shirt completely stained with blood was reminiscent of the famous picture of England's Terry Butcher from 1989. The incident comes less than 24 hours after Gary Cahill was forced to wear a strange bandage dressing around his head after suffering a chin injury in Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Roma. 

Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida suffers gruesome head injury in Europa League tie  

Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida suffered a nasty head gash on Thursday evening after a head clash with Young Boys midfielder Moumi Ngamaleu. The 28-year-old required lengthy medical attention after appearing to be knocked unconscious in the collision.  Both players were left prostrate on the pitch with less than 10 minutes remaining in their Europa League tie in Kiev. Young Boys players immediately gestured for a medical attention from the sideline after seeing the severity of the incident. Domagoj Vida is forced to leave the pitch with blood covering his face Credit: AP  A bloodied Domagoj Vida leaves the pitch Credit: AP  Dynamo's team doctor attempted to stem the flow of blood from  Ngamaleu's head wound but the Ukranian was eventually forced to leave the pitch. Dynamo Kiev remain top of Europa League Group B after hanging on for a 2-2 draw. Medical staff give assistance to Domagoj Vida and Young Boys midfielder Moumi Ngamaleu  Credit: AFP  The image of Vida leaving the pitch with his shirt completely stained with blood was reminiscent of the famous picture of England's Terry Butcher from 1989. The incident comes less than 24 hours after Gary Cahill was forced to wear a strange bandage dressing around his head after suffering a chin injury in Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Roma. 

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