Alan Pardew 'feels sorry' for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

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Both clubs go into the game in mixed form, Chelsea have lost their last two to Bournemouth and Watford which has raised some concerns about Antonio Conte's future at the club.

"I think that I'm the type of coach who if I have a player who is 6/10, I bring him to an 8/10". About mentality also. About the desire, the will to fight, and the tactical aspects. Yes.

"I don't know", said the Italian when asked whether his current squad could be improved.

And the 48-year-old Italian says he needs to be more persuasive.

"I have to speak more with the managers who are very, very good at persuading their clubs to spend money to buy top players".

Antonio Rudiger is pushing for a recall but Cesar Azpilicueta is certain to keep his place while I think Gary Cahill will also start so the German global may have to make-do with a place on the bench alongside Luiz.

English Premier League match report Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal 10 February 2018
Tottenham can move third if they win, at least until Liverpool play Southampton on Sunday and Chelsea play West Brom on Monday. There was only four minutes gone in the second half when Kane finally got his goal .

Rumours have been rife this week that the combination of tension of transfers and poor results on the pitch, had lead The Blues hierarchy to approach former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique about taking over the Stamford Bridge hot seat from Conte. I have great admiration for Luis Enrique and he is a fantastic coach. He reached his targets with Barcelona, and also with Roma.

"Talking to people close to Conte, they are very clear it's over".

'We do this job, and you must be open and understand the situation can change. A club can take different decisions -it's the same for me.

Antonio Conte is living his worst days this season at Chelsea, despite winning the Premier League title past year.

"He's been a big miss because he's a big character on the pitch and he can change the destiny of games, not so much with his ability sometimes -but with his character", he said. It's very hard to smile. You can't fault his record'.

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