Bournemouth not intimidated by Chelsea, says Daniels

Conte is a hit with the fans. Image Sun

Conte is a hit with the fans. Image Sun

Further reports claimed unhappy Chelsea stars were in contact with former coach Steve Holland over their problems with Conte but the Italian dismissed the speculation.

There is speculation that Chelsea are not happy with Conte and are preparing to sack him, with Carlo Ancelotti reported to be prepared to take over from his fellow Italian.

Manager Conte said of Drinkwater's performance: "I think he has a lot of room for improvement". They try to create problems between me and the club. To put other persons in this way is not correct. If you want to hit me, hit me! "Don't put another person [in it] because this is incorrect and I hate this type of situation".

Chelsea have been handed a boost with news that N'Golo Kante is "progressing well" although this game may come too soon for him, per Jack Rathborn at the Mirror.

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"We go into every game feeling we can get a result and that is the way we have to go about our business". Danny Drinkwater made his debut in the midweek defeat of Everton but will start on the bench here, with Tiemoue Bakayoko set to resume his midfield partnership with Cesc Fabregas.

Saturday's clash with Bournemouth will pit Chelsea against former players Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake, who both completed permanent moves from Stamford Bridge to the Vitality Stadium last summer.

The Belgium global has shown a good deal more promise in the early weeks of this campaign, scoring seven times in 11 matches, and played a key role off the bench as Chelsea beat Watford last weekend. Eddie Howe's side remain in the relegation zone but will be confident of climbing up the table in the coming weeks, particularly as they started badly before pulling clear of danger in the last two campaigns.

"When you decide to stay in a great team you have to accept a big challenge and show you deserve [to play] better than another player, but it is normal otherwise [that] you take another decision".

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