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Atletico Madrid vs Roma: Uefa Champions League prediction, start time, live, how to watch on TV/online, betting odds

Atletico Madrid vs Roma: Uefa Champions League prediction, start time, live, how to watch on TV/online, betting odds

5 things... Roma continue derby dominance

Roma have enjoyed playing the Rome derby in recent years - they beat Lazio for the fifth time in their last six league clashes.

5 things... Roma continue derby dominance

Roma have enjoyed playing the Rome derby in recent years - they beat Lazio for the fifth time in their last six league clashes.

5 things... Roma continue derby dominance

Roma have enjoyed playing the Rome derby in recent years - they beat Lazio for the fifth time in their last six league clashes.

Tony Pulis heads for West Brom exit on day of crunch talks

Tony Pulis will have crunch talks with West Bromwich Albion on Monday, with the Premier League strugglers set to part company with the beleaguered head coach.. Pulis is meeting with Albion chairman John Williams and it appears increasingly likely that the 59-year-old will be leaving the Hawthorns, possibly by mutual consent, six weeks before his third anniversary in charge. Williams and Chinese owner Guochuan Lai discussed their next move on Sunday, after the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea, and it now seems certain that Pulis will become the fifth managerial casualty of the season in the top-flight. Albion have won just twice in 21 league games, in a torrid run stretching back to last season, but recent performances and the poisonous atmosphere created by supporters are forcing the board into reluctantly taking action. Pulis endured fierce chants for his dismissal for much of Saturday’s game and appeared resigned to his fate after this drubbing against the champions. It is understood talks are already underway over the terms of his departure.  Out of time: Tony Pulis is not popular with the fans at the moment Credit: Getty Michael O’Neill, the Northern Ireland manager, has been linked as a possible successor but sources at the Hawthorns have dismissed any suggestion of him taking charge. The lack of credible alternatives is thought to be a major factor for Albion’s board, with Sam Allardyce unlikely to be interested. Ronald Koeman, sacked by Everton last month, could also be out of reach. WBA's limited options | Who could replace Tony Pulis? Albion will ideally want a manager with Premier League experience and recognise the risk element of jettisoning Pulis, who has famously never been relegated. But Saturday’s atmosphere and the performance was always going to prove just as crucial as the result, with Pulis seemingly accepting the end is near in his post-match press conference. The jig would appear to be up for Tony Pulis Credit: Getty Images This is arguably Albion’s finest squad in the rebranded top-flight but they were poor here, lacking all the qualities Pulis teams are renowned for. After all, when a Pulis side can no longer defend, what is the point of a Pulis side?  The statistics are damning too. Albion have not won in 11 games, lost four on the spin and have averaged under a goal a match under Pulis.  What's gone wrong? | Tony's problems West Brom did actually start well here but from the moment Alvaro Morata converted from close-range after 17 minutes, the game was over as a contest. Chelsea were irresistible here, inspired by the brilliant Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, and have produced a defiant response to that dreadful Champions League night in Rome last month. Hazard added the second goal to spark the first anti-Pulis chants from the stands before Marcos Alonso capitalised on poor West Brom defending to kill off the game after 38 minutes. Hazard claimed the fourth but Chelsea were chomping on cigars for much of the second half. Conte’s champions have won two league games in a row without conceding a goal since the 3-0 defeat at Roma and captain Gary Cahill believes that night could prove a turning point in their season. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “I think after that was a feeling that we needed to pull our finger out in terms of the performance and everything,” he said. “When you look in the mirror that performance was unacceptable. It was just one of those games where everything went wrong and we addressed that at the training ground and bounced back. “There have been a lot of negative things written about us and yet we’re sitting here second. That’s natural but as we stand here now we’re second and there are other teams who are below us who are getting a lot of praise and apparently we haven’t started yet. “So I can’t wait to get started because we’re second and we’re putting a little bit of pressure on.” Coming together: Gary Cahill feels that Chelsea's season is takingshape Credit: Getty Chelsea travel to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday, with the incentive of securing qualification to the knock-out stage with a win. But Conte remains frustrated with the fixture schedule, as Chelsea have to make a long-haul flight back to England before facing Liverpool on Saturday evening. “On Wednesday we have to play the most important game of our season since the start,” he said. “That will be very important because in the period between now and January the programme is very busy. To play two days later against Liverpool, it is a similar situation to the one we faced before Man City. I am not happy about this.”

Tony Pulis heads for West Brom exit on day of crunch talks

Tony Pulis will have crunch talks with West Bromwich Albion on Monday, with the Premier League strugglers set to part company with the beleaguered head coach.. Pulis is meeting with Albion chairman John Williams and it appears increasingly likely that the 59-year-old will be leaving the Hawthorns, possibly by mutual consent, six weeks before his third anniversary in charge. Williams and Chinese owner Guochuan Lai discussed their next move on Sunday, after the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea, and it now seems certain that Pulis will become the fifth managerial casualty of the season in the top-flight. Albion have won just twice in 21 league games, in a torrid run stretching back to last season, but recent performances and the poisonous atmosphere created by supporters are forcing the board into reluctantly taking action. Pulis endured fierce chants for his dismissal for much of Saturday’s game and appeared resigned to his fate after this drubbing against the champions. It is understood talks are already underway over the terms of his departure.  Out of time: Tony Pulis is not popular with the fans at the moment Credit: Getty Michael O’Neill, the Northern Ireland manager, has been linked as a possible successor but sources at the Hawthorns have dismissed any suggestion of him taking charge. The lack of credible alternatives is thought to be a major factor for Albion’s board, with Sam Allardyce unlikely to be interested. Ronald Koeman, sacked by Everton last month, could also be out of reach. WBA's limited options | Who could replace Tony Pulis? Albion will ideally want a manager with Premier League experience and recognise the risk element of jettisoning Pulis, who has famously never been relegated. But Saturday’s atmosphere and the performance was always going to prove just as crucial as the result, with Pulis seemingly accepting the end is near in his post-match press conference. The jig would appear to be up for Tony Pulis Credit: Getty Images This is arguably Albion’s finest squad in the rebranded top-flight but they were poor here, lacking all the qualities Pulis teams are renowned for. After all, when a Pulis side can no longer defend, what is the point of a Pulis side?  The statistics are damning too. Albion have not won in 11 games, lost four on the spin and have averaged under a goal a match under Pulis.  What's gone wrong? | Tony's problems West Brom did actually start well here but from the moment Alvaro Morata converted from close-range after 17 minutes, the game was over as a contest. Chelsea were irresistible here, inspired by the brilliant Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, and have produced a defiant response to that dreadful Champions League night in Rome last month. Hazard added the second goal to spark the first anti-Pulis chants from the stands before Marcos Alonso capitalised on poor West Brom defending to kill off the game after 38 minutes. Hazard claimed the fourth but Chelsea were chomping on cigars for much of the second half. Conte’s champions have won two league games in a row without conceding a goal since the 3-0 defeat at Roma and captain Gary Cahill believes that night could prove a turning point in their season. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “I think after that was a feeling that we needed to pull our finger out in terms of the performance and everything,” he said. “When you look in the mirror that performance was unacceptable. It was just one of those games where everything went wrong and we addressed that at the training ground and bounced back. “There have been a lot of negative things written about us and yet we’re sitting here second. That’s natural but as we stand here now we’re second and there are other teams who are below us who are getting a lot of praise and apparently we haven’t started yet. “So I can’t wait to get started because we’re second and we’re putting a little bit of pressure on.” Coming together: Gary Cahill feels that Chelsea's season is takingshape Credit: Getty Chelsea travel to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday, with the incentive of securing qualification to the knock-out stage with a win. But Conte remains frustrated with the fixture schedule, as Chelsea have to make a long-haul flight back to England before facing Liverpool on Saturday evening. “On Wednesday we have to play the most important game of our season since the start,” he said. “That will be very important because in the period between now and January the programme is very busy. To play two days later against Liverpool, it is a similar situation to the one we faced before Man City. I am not happy about this.”

'Mo Salah could score something like 70 goals this season', says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

When a football manager starts turning to mathematics to try and figure out the projections of a player’s output come the end of the season, you realise for certain the player is doing rather well. In the 3-0 win over Southampton, Mohamed Salah scored his eighth and ninth Premier League goals for Liverpool since signing from Roma – his fourteenth in all competitions. Should Salah continue at this rate and should he feature in all of Liverpool’s remaining league fixtures, he will have 29 by the end of the campaign. Should there be progression in the Champions League and FA Cup too, his total will be somewhere between 40 and 50. Jürgen Klopp’s initial assessment of Salah’s potential yield was somewhat excessive – but then, this is a manager with an appealing capacity for unbounded amplification. He is able to bring balance to the discussion. “If he continued at this rate he would finish the season on something like 70 goals, which isn’t really likely,” Klopp assessed. He preferred to say this was Salah’s “moment,” to seize headlines. Salah was the main man as Liverpool overran Southampton Credit: Paul Ellis/AFP “We [all] have these moments,” he continued. “He could have scored the penalty [against Huddersfield] and he’s missed some big chances, but I realise [then] it’s just a moment. I really understand.” Klopp contradicted himself by describing Salah’s opener here as “unbelievable” before insisting he has come to expect this type of act from the Egyptian. “These shots are pretty normal for him, like Phil [Coutinho]. Sadio is able to do it. Gini too. And Ox –he’s able to do it, but he hasn’t had the opportunity very often so far. At this moment, it is working for him [Salah].” Klopp is right to mention the abilities of others. Liverpool’s start to the season has been a curious one and it is understandable why there are doubts. When you have Salah,Mané, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino able to produce “moments” of magic but then you have Ragnar Klavan featuring far too often because of injuries to slightly better defenders, it is like fitting a Ferrari engine to the battered body of a Trabant. Klopp was asked about what has changed for Salah – what has changed since 2015 when he left Chelsea for Fiorentina on loan; what has changed in the last month, now that he is taking more of his goalscoring opportunities? “Physicality, he’s top fit” Klopp responded, before offering insight into the mood at Liverpool’s training ground and, indeed, how Salah’s presence enables greater tactical flexibility in his selection. Southampton's Virgil van Dijk may well have wished he was playing for the other side Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters “Even when we lose, this is still a fantastic club,” Klopp insisted. “At Melwood, it is easy to feel well and comfortable. This is quite special. I don’t know a lot of English clubs but this is really special here. All the other boys liked him [Salah] from the first day without him performing already. They knew they had a really good player in the squad. “If you see Roberto [Firmino] working unbelievably hard, he’s not scoring in the moment. Sadio doesn’t score in the moment. But they work and they will have their moments and then we will talk about them. There’s the guys on the bench who will have their moments. This is the Mo Salah period – no problem with that; well deserved. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “But he’s also very important even when he’s not scoring because he stretches the formation. The speed of the boys means the last line drops – there can be no other reaction. And then we have the space [to play]. The speed players aren’t only for counter-attacking. Sometimes that’s not possible. It’s about stretching formation and creating space for the rest.” In that space, Coutinho was able to supply a pass for Salah’s second goal. Coutinho then made it 3-0 in the second half. Southampton were desperately uninspiring. At Liverpool, though, with all of their key players now available, there is much promise.

'Mo Salah could score something like 70 goals this season', says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

When a football manager starts turning to mathematics to try and figure out the projections of a player’s output come the end of the season, you realise for certain the player is doing rather well. In the 3-0 win over Southampton, Mohamed Salah scored his eighth and ninth Premier League goals for Liverpool since signing from Roma – his fourteenth in all competitions. Should Salah continue at this rate and should he feature in all of Liverpool’s remaining league fixtures, he will have 29 by the end of the campaign. Should there be progression in the Champions League and FA Cup too, his total will be somewhere between 40 and 50. Jürgen Klopp’s initial assessment of Salah’s potential yield was somewhat excessive – but then, this is a manager with an appealing capacity for unbounded amplification. He is able to bring balance to the discussion. “If he continued at this rate he would finish the season on something like 70 goals, which isn’t really likely,” Klopp assessed. He preferred to say this was Salah’s “moment,” to seize headlines. Salah was the main man as Liverpool overran Southampton Credit: Paul Ellis/AFP “We [all] have these moments,” he continued. “He could have scored the penalty [against Huddersfield] and he’s missed some big chances, but I realise [then] it’s just a moment. I really understand.” Klopp contradicted himself by describing Salah’s opener here as “unbelievable” before insisting he has come to expect this type of act from the Egyptian. “These shots are pretty normal for him, like Phil [Coutinho]. Sadio is able to do it. Gini too. And Ox –he’s able to do it, but he hasn’t had the opportunity very often so far. At this moment, it is working for him [Salah].” Klopp is right to mention the abilities of others. Liverpool’s start to the season has been a curious one and it is understandable why there are doubts. When you have Salah,Mané, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino able to produce “moments” of magic but then you have Ragnar Klavan featuring far too often because of injuries to slightly better defenders, it is like fitting a Ferrari engine to the battered body of a Trabant. Klopp was asked about what has changed for Salah – what has changed since 2015 when he left Chelsea for Fiorentina on loan; what has changed in the last month, now that he is taking more of his goalscoring opportunities? “Physicality, he’s top fit” Klopp responded, before offering insight into the mood at Liverpool’s training ground and, indeed, how Salah’s presence enables greater tactical flexibility in his selection. Southampton's Virgil van Dijk may well have wished he was playing for the other side Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters “Even when we lose, this is still a fantastic club,” Klopp insisted. “At Melwood, it is easy to feel well and comfortable. This is quite special. I don’t know a lot of English clubs but this is really special here. All the other boys liked him [Salah] from the first day without him performing already. They knew they had a really good player in the squad. “If you see Roberto [Firmino] working unbelievably hard, he’s not scoring in the moment. Sadio doesn’t score in the moment. But they work and they will have their moments and then we will talk about them. There’s the guys on the bench who will have their moments. This is the Mo Salah period – no problem with that; well deserved. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “But he’s also very important even when he’s not scoring because he stretches the formation. The speed of the boys means the last line drops – there can be no other reaction. And then we have the space [to play]. The speed players aren’t only for counter-attacking. Sometimes that’s not possible. It’s about stretching formation and creating space for the rest.” In that space, Coutinho was able to supply a pass for Salah’s second goal. Coutinho then made it 3-0 in the second half. Southampton were desperately uninspiring. At Liverpool, though, with all of their key players now available, there is much promise.

Tony Pulis heads for West Brom exit on day of crunch talks

Tony Pulis will have crunch talks with West Bromwich Albion on Monday, with the Premier League strugglers set to part company with the beleaguered head coach.. Pulis is meeting with Albion chairman John Williams and it appears increasingly likely that the 59-year-old will be leaving the Hawthorns, possibly by mutual consent, six weeks before his third anniversary in charge. Williams and Chinese owner Guochuan Lai discussed their next move on Sunday, after the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea, and it now seems certain that Pulis will become the fifth managerial casualty of the season in the top-flight. Albion have won just twice in 21 league games, in a torrid run stretching back to last season, but recent performances and the poisonous atmosphere created by supporters are forcing the board into reluctantly taking action. Pulis endured fierce chants for his dismissal for much of Saturday’s game and appeared resigned to his fate after this drubbing against the champions. It is understood talks are already underway over the terms of his departure.  Out of time: Tony Pulis is not popular with the fans at the moment Credit: Getty Michael O’Neill, the Northern Ireland manager, has been linked as a possible successor but sources at the Hawthorns have dismissed any suggestion of him taking charge. The lack of credible alternatives is thought to be a major factor for Albion’s board, with Sam Allardyce unlikely to be interested. Ronald Koeman, sacked by Everton last month, could also be out of reach. WBA's limited options | Who could replace Tony Pulis? Albion will ideally want a manager with Premier League experience and recognise the risk element of jettisoning Pulis, who has famously never been relegated. But Saturday’s atmosphere and the performance was always going to prove just as crucial as the result, with Pulis seemingly accepting the end is near in his post-match press conference. The jig would appear to be up for Tony Pulis Credit: Getty Images This is arguably Albion’s finest squad in the rebranded top-flight but they were poor here, lacking all the qualities Pulis teams are renowned for. After all, when a Pulis side can no longer defend, what is the point of a Pulis side?  The statistics are damning too. Albion have not won in 11 games, lost four on the spin and have averaged under a goal a match under Pulis.  What's gone wrong? | Tony's problems West Brom did actually start well here but from the moment Alvaro Morata converted from close-range after 17 minutes, the game was over as a contest. Chelsea were irresistible here, inspired by the brilliant Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, and have produced a defiant response to that dreadful Champions League night in Rome last month. First cut is the deepest: Alvaro Morata opened the scoring and the result was never really in doubt after that Credit: Reuters Hazard added the second goal to spark the first anti-Pulis chants from the stands before Marcos Alonso capitalised on poor West Brom defending to kill off the game after 38 minutes. Hazard claimed the fourth but Chelsea were chomping on cigars for much of the second half. Conte’s champions have won two league games in a row without conceding a goal since the 3-0 defeat at Roma and captain Gary Cahill believes that night could prove a turning point in their season. “I think after that was a feeling that we needed to pull our finger out in terms of the performance and everything,” he said. “When you look in the mirror that performance was unacceptable. It was just one of those games where everything went wrong and we addressed that at the training ground and bounced back. “There have been a lot of negative things written about us and yet we’re sitting here second. That’s natural but as we stand here now we’re second and there are other teams who are below us who are getting a lot of praise and apparently we haven’t started yet. “So I can’t wait to get started because we’re second and we’re putting a little bit of pressure on.” Coming together: Gary Cahill feels that Chelsea's season is takingshape Credit: Getty Chelsea travel to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday, with the incentive of securing qualification to the knock-out stage with a win. But Conte remains frustrated with the fixture schedule, as Chelsea have to make a long-haul flight back to England before facing Liverpool on Saturday evening. “On Wednesday we have to play the most important game of our season since the start,” he said. “That will be very important because in the period between now and January the programme is very busy. To play two days later against Liverpool, it is a similar situation to the one we faced before Man City. I am not happy about this.”

'Mo Salah could score something like 70 goals this season', says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

When a football manager starts turning to mathematics to try and figure out the projections of a player’s output come the end of the season, you realise for certain the player is doing rather well. In the 3-0 win over Southampton, Mohamed Salah scored his eighth and ninth Premier League goals for Liverpool since signing from Roma – his fourteenth in all competitions. Should Salah continue at this rate and should he feature in all of Liverpool’s remaining league fixtures, he will have 29 by the end of the campaign. Should there be progression in the Champions League and FA Cup too, his total will be somewhere between 40 and 50. Jürgen Klopp’s initial assessment of Salah’s potential yield was somewhat excessive – but then, this is a manager with an appealing capacity for unbounded amplification. He is able to bring balance to the discussion. “If he continued at this rate he would finish the season on something like 70 goals, which isn’t really likely,” Klopp assessed. He preferred to say this was Salah’s “moment,” to seize headlines. Salah was the main man as Liverpool overran Southampton Credit: Paul Ellis/AFP “We [all] have these moments,” he continued. “He could have scored the penalty [against Huddersfield] and he’s missed some big chances, but I realise [then] it’s just a moment. I really understand.” Klopp contradicted himself by describing Salah’s opener here as “unbelievable” before insisting he has come to expect this type of act from the Egyptian. “These shots are pretty normal for him, like Phil [Coutinho]. Sadio is able to do it. Gini too. And Ox –he’s able to do it, but he hasn’t had the opportunity very often so far. At this moment, it is working for him [Salah].” Klopp is right to mention the abilities of others. Liverpool’s start to the season has been a curious one and it is understandable why there are doubts. When you have Salah,Mané, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino able to produce “moments” of magic but then you have Ragnar Klavan featuring far too often because of injuries to slightly better defenders, it is like fitting a Ferrari engine to the battered body of a Trabant. Klopp was asked about what has changed for Salah – what has changed since 2015 when he left Chelsea for Fiorentina on loan; what has changed in the last month, now that he is taking more of his goalscoring opportunities? “Physicality, he’s top fit” Klopp responded, before offering insight into the mood at Liverpool’s training ground and, indeed, how Salah’s presence enables greater tactical flexibility in his selection. Southampton's Virgil van Dijk may well have wished he was playing for the other side Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters “Even when we lose, this is still a fantastic club,” Klopp insisted. “At Melwood, it is easy to feel well and comfortable. This is quite special. I don’t know a lot of English clubs but this is really special here. All the other boys liked him [Salah] from the first day without him performing already. They knew they had a really good player in the squad. “If you see Roberto [Firmino] working unbelievably hard, he’s not scoring in the moment. Sadio doesn’t score in the moment. But they work and they will have their moments and then we will talk about them. There’s the guys on the bench who will have their moments. This is the Mo Salah period – no problem with that; well deserved. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “But he’s also very important even when he’s not scoring because he stretches the formation. The speed of the boys means the last line drops – there can be no other reaction. And then we have the space [to play]. The speed players aren’t only for counter-attacking. Sometimes that’s not possible. It’s about stretching formation and creating space for the rest.” In that space, Coutinho was able to supply a pass for Salah’s second goal. Coutinho then made it 3-0 in the second half. Southampton were desperately uninspiring. At Liverpool, though, with all of their key players now available, there is much promise.

Tony Pulis heads for West Brom exit on day of crunch talks

Tony Pulis will have crunch talks with West Bromwich Albion on Monday, with the Premier League strugglers set to part company with the beleaguered head coach.. Pulis is meeting with Albion chairman John Williams and it appears increasingly likely that the 59-year-old will be leaving the Hawthorns, possibly by mutual consent, six weeks before his third anniversary in charge. Williams and Chinese owner Guochuan Lai discussed their next move on Sunday, after the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea, and it now seems certain that Pulis will become the fifth managerial casualty of the season in the top-flight. Albion have won just twice in 21 league games, in a torrid run stretching back to last season, but recent performances and the poisonous atmosphere created by supporters are forcing the board into reluctantly taking action. Pulis endured fierce chants for his dismissal for much of Saturday’s game and appeared resigned to his fate after this drubbing against the champions. It is understood talks are already underway over the terms of his departure.  Out of time: Tony Pulis is not popular with the fans at the moment Credit: Getty Michael O’Neill, the Northern Ireland manager, has been linked as a possible successor but sources at the Hawthorns have dismissed any suggestion of him taking charge. The lack of credible alternatives is thought to be a major factor for Albion’s board, with Sam Allardyce unlikely to be interested. Ronald Koeman, sacked by Everton last month, could also be out of reach. WBA's limited options | Who could replace Tony Pulis? Albion will ideally want a manager with Premier League experience and recognise the risk element of jettisoning Pulis, who has famously never been relegated. But Saturday’s atmosphere and the performance was always going to prove just as crucial as the result, with Pulis seemingly accepting the end is near in his post-match press conference. The jig would appear to be up for Tony Pulis Credit: Getty Images This is arguably Albion’s finest squad in the rebranded top-flight but they were poor here, lacking all the qualities Pulis teams are renowned for. After all, when a Pulis side can no longer defend, what is the point of a Pulis side?  The statistics are damning too. Albion have not won in 11 games, lost four on the spin and have averaged under a goal a match under Pulis.  What's gone wrong? | Tony's problems West Brom did actually start well here but from the moment Alvaro Morata converted from close-range after 17 minutes, the game was over as a contest. Chelsea were irresistible here, inspired by the brilliant Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, and have produced a defiant response to that dreadful Champions League night in Rome last month. Hazard added the second goal to spark the first anti-Pulis chants from the stands before Marcos Alonso capitalised on poor West Brom defending to kill off the game after 38 minutes. Hazard claimed the fourth but Chelsea were chomping on cigars for much of the second half. Conte’s champions have won two league games in a row without conceding a goal since the 3-0 defeat at Roma and captain Gary Cahill believes that night could prove a turning point in their season. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “I think after that was a feeling that we needed to pull our finger out in terms of the performance and everything,” he said. “When you look in the mirror that performance was unacceptable. It was just one of those games where everything went wrong and we addressed that at the training ground and bounced back. “There have been a lot of negative things written about us and yet we’re sitting here second. That’s natural but as we stand here now we’re second and there are other teams who are below us who are getting a lot of praise and apparently we haven’t started yet. “So I can’t wait to get started because we’re second and we’re putting a little bit of pressure on.” Coming together: Gary Cahill feels that Chelsea's season is takingshape Credit: Getty Chelsea travel to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday, with the incentive of securing qualification to the knock-out stage with a win. But Conte remains frustrated with the fixture schedule, as Chelsea have to make a long-haul flight back to England before facing Liverpool on Saturday evening. “On Wednesday we have to play the most important game of our season since the start,” he said. “That will be very important because in the period between now and January the programme is very busy. To play two days later against Liverpool, it is a similar situation to the one we faced before Man City. I am not happy about this.”

Tony Pulis heads for West Brom exit on day of crunch talks

Tony Pulis will have crunch talks with West Bromwich Albion on Monday, with the Premier League strugglers set to part company with the beleaguered head coach.. Pulis is meeting with Albion chairman John Williams and it appears increasingly likely that the 59-year-old will be leaving the Hawthorns, possibly by mutual consent, six weeks before his third anniversary in charge. Williams and Chinese owner Guochuan Lai discussed their next move on Sunday, after the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea, and it now seems certain that Pulis will become the fifth managerial casualty of the season in the top-flight. Albion have won just twice in 21 league games, in a torrid run stretching back to last season, but recent performances and the poisonous atmosphere created by supporters are forcing the board into reluctantly taking action. Pulis endured fierce chants for his dismissal for much of Saturday’s game and appeared resigned to his fate after this drubbing against the champions. It is understood talks are already underway over the terms of his departure.  Out of time: Tony Pulis is not popular with the fans at the moment Credit: Getty Michael O’Neill, the Northern Ireland manager, has been linked as a possible successor but sources at the Hawthorns have dismissed any suggestion of him taking charge. The lack of credible alternatives is thought to be a major factor for Albion’s board, with Sam Allardyce unlikely to be interested. Ronald Koeman, sacked by Everton last month, could also be out of reach. WBA's limited options | Who could replace Tony Pulis? Albion will ideally want a manager with Premier League experience and recognise the risk element of jettisoning Pulis, who has famously never been relegated. But Saturday’s atmosphere and the performance was always going to prove just as crucial as the result, with Pulis seemingly accepting the end is near in his post-match press conference. The jig would appear to be up for Tony Pulis Credit: Getty Images This is arguably Albion’s finest squad in the rebranded top-flight but they were poor here, lacking all the qualities Pulis teams are renowned for. After all, when a Pulis side can no longer defend, what is the point of a Pulis side?  The statistics are damning too. Albion have not won in 11 games, lost four on the spin and have averaged under a goal a match under Pulis.  What's gone wrong? | Tony's problems West Brom did actually start well here but from the moment Alvaro Morata converted from close-range after 17 minutes, the game was over as a contest. Chelsea were irresistible here, inspired by the brilliant Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, and have produced a defiant response to that dreadful Champions League night in Rome last month. Hazard added the second goal to spark the first anti-Pulis chants from the stands before Marcos Alonso capitalised on poor West Brom defending to kill off the game after 38 minutes. Hazard claimed the fourth but Chelsea were chomping on cigars for much of the second half. Conte’s champions have won two league games in a row without conceding a goal since the 3-0 defeat at Roma and captain Gary Cahill believes that night could prove a turning point in their season. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “I think after that was a feeling that we needed to pull our finger out in terms of the performance and everything,” he said. “When you look in the mirror that performance was unacceptable. It was just one of those games where everything went wrong and we addressed that at the training ground and bounced back. “There have been a lot of negative things written about us and yet we’re sitting here second. That’s natural but as we stand here now we’re second and there are other teams who are below us who are getting a lot of praise and apparently we haven’t started yet. “So I can’t wait to get started because we’re second and we’re putting a little bit of pressure on.” Coming together: Gary Cahill feels that Chelsea's season is takingshape Credit: Getty Chelsea travel to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday, with the incentive of securing qualification to the knock-out stage with a win. But Conte remains frustrated with the fixture schedule, as Chelsea have to make a long-haul flight back to England before facing Liverpool on Saturday evening. “On Wednesday we have to play the most important game of our season since the start,” he said. “That will be very important because in the period between now and January the programme is very busy. To play two days later against Liverpool, it is a similar situation to the one we faced before Man City. I am not happy about this.”

London (United Kingdom), 19/11/2017.- Former England international football player David Beckham (R) and his son Romeo (L) watch the singles final match between Belgium's David Goffin and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov at the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London, Britain, 19 November 2017. (Bélgica, Londres, Tenis, Roma) EFE/EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

London (United Kingdom), 19/11/2017.- Former England international football player David Beckham (R) and his son Romeo (L) watch the singles final match between Belgium's David Goffin and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov at the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London, Britain, 19 November 2017. (Bélgica, Londres, Tenis, Roma) EFE/EPA/NEIL HALL

London (United Kingdom), 19/11/2017.- Former England international football player David Beckham (R) and his son Romeo (L) watch the singles final match between Belgium's David Goffin and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov at the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London, Britain, 19 November 2017. (Bélgica, Londres, Tenis, Roma) EFE/EPA/NEIL HALL

London (United Kingdom), 19/11/2017.- Former England international football player David Beckham (R) and his son Romeo (L) watch the singles final match between Belgium's David Goffin and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov at the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London, Britain, 19 November 2017. (Bélgica, Londres, Tenis, Roma) EFE/EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

London (United Kingdom), 19/11/2017.- Former England international football player David Beckham (R) and his son Romeo (L) watch the singles final match between Belgium's David Goffin and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov at the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London, Britain, 19 November 2017. (Bélgica, Londres, Tenis, Roma) EFE/EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Bremen (Germany), 19/11/2017.- Hannover's Salif Sane (R) in action against Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and Hannover 96 in Bremen, Germany, 19 November 2017. Bremen won 4-0. (Roma, Alemania) EFE/EPA/SRDJAN SUKI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.

Bremen (Germany), 19/11/2017.- Hannover's Salif Sane (R) in action against Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and Hannover 96 in Bremen, Germany, 19 November 2017. Bremen won 4-0. (Roma, Alemania) EFE/EPA/SRDJAN SUKI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.

Bremen (Germany), 19/11/2017.- Hannover's Salif Sane (R) in action against Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and Hannover 96 in Bremen, Germany, 19 November 2017. Bremen won 4-0. (Roma, Alemania) EFE/EPA/SRDJAN SUKI EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.

'I was just injured' - Belgium's Nainggolan blasts 'stupid' claims of fake ailment

The Roma midfielder scored against Lazio on Saturday and immediately hit back at rumours that he feigned an injury to miss international duty

'I was just injured' - Belgium's Nainggolan blasts 'stupid' claims of fake ailment

The Roma midfielder scored against Lazio on Saturday and immediately hit back at rumours that he feigned an injury to miss international duty

'He’s not human!' - Perotti calls for scientific tests on Nainggolan

The Roma midfielder made a miracles recovery and his team-mate wants some tests run to see if he's really human

'He’s not human!' - Perotti calls for scientific tests on Nainggolan

The Roma midfielder made a miracles recovery and his team-mate wants some tests run to see if he's really human

Serie A - Roma vs Lazio

Soccer Football - Serie A - Roma vs Lazio - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - November 18, 2017 Roma's Edin Dzeko, Kevin Strootman and team mates celebrate after the match REUTERS/Max Rossi

Di Francesco avisa al Atleti: "Aspiramos a cosas importantes"

La Roma derrotó a la Lazio en el derbi romano

Di Francesco avisa al Atleti: "Aspiramos a cosas importantes"

La Roma derrotó a la Lazio en el derbi romano

Di Francesco avisa al Atleti: "Aspiramos a cosas importantes"

La Roma derrotó a la Lazio en el derbi romano

Insigne shows what Italy missed in Napoli win

Roma's Diego Perotti, left, celebrates with teammate Radia Nainggolan, after scoring first goal during an Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Lazio, at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

'We are the city': Roma beats Lazio 2-1 in heated derby

Lazio's Ciro Immobile, left, and Roma's Alessandro Florenzi vie for the ball during an Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Lazio, at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

'We are the city': Roma beats Lazio 2-1 in heated derby

Roma's coach Eusebio Di Francesco celebrates the victory at the end of the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Lazio at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Saturday, Nov. 18 2017. (Maurizio Brambatti/ANSA via AP)

'We are the city': Roma beats Lazio 2-1 in heated derby

Roma's players Diego Perotti, left, Kevin Strootman, center, and Edin Dzeko celebrate the victory at the end of the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Lazio at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Saturday, Nov. 18 2017. (Maurizio Brambatti/ANSA via AP)

'We are the city': Roma beats Lazio 2-1 in heated derby

Roma's Diego Perotti, left, celebrates with teammates Radia Nainggolan and Edin Dzeko, after scoring first goal during an Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Lazio, at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

'We are the city': Roma beats Lazio 2-1 in heated derby

Lazio's Senad Lulic reacts after missing a scoring chance during an Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Lazio, at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Serie A - Roma vs Lazio

Soccer Football - Serie A - Roma vs Lazio - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - November 18, 2017 Roma's Edin Dzeko, Kevin Strootman and team mates celebrate after the match REUTERS/Max Rossi

Roma players (L-R) Diego Perotti, Kevin Strootman, and Edin Dzeko celebrate after the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and SS Lazio at the Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 18 November 2017. AS Roma won 2-1. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA

Rome (Italy), 18/11/2017.- Roma's Daniele De Rossi celebrates after the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and SS Lazio at the Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 18 November 2017. AS Roma won 2-1. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

Serie A - Roma vs Lazio

Soccer Football - Serie A - Roma vs Lazio - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - November 18, 2017 Roma's Edin Dzeko, Kevin Strootman and team mates celebrate after the match REUTERS/Max Rossi

Serie A - Roma vs Lazio

Soccer Football - Serie A - Roma vs Lazio - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - November 18, 2017 Roma's Daniele De Rossi celebrates in front of fans after the match REUTERS/Max Rossi

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