Chelsea boss Conte: Kante becoming top, top player

They try to create problems between me and the club.

A Chelsea spokesman interrupted the questioning to dismiss the veracity of that story, but Conte went on a rant. He's working very well and he's understanding this football and what I want from him.

The 26-year-old has missed four games so far and was a major doubt for Chelsea's Premier League fixture against Manchester United on November 5.

The Belgium playmaker's smart strike ensured Chelsea just about kept in touch with the league's pacesetters, though the champions still trail leaders Manchester City by nine points.

The Italian continued: "You don't know me".

"I'm very happy. Tonight he didn't score, but he played very well. But to win will be the ideal story and we fancy our chances".

Conte added: "This was a good win, also because the other teams [around us] all won, apart from Tottenham who lost".

Wrapped up warm in their team tracksuits the Blues took in the sights of Bournemouth Pleasure Gardens a couple of miles away from the Vitality Stadium. I need to be focused and I hope to stop him.

"Last season was very hard for him, but it was also hard for me".

Eddie Howe, meanwhile, admitted his concern at Bournemouth's results, with his side sitting second bottom of the table with only seven points and six goals from their first 10 games. "If you want me to do an interview I am ready".

The 2016-17 PFA Player of the Year is to miss a fifth game on the bounce when the Blues travel to the Vitality Stadium due to a hamstring injury picked up on global duty with France earlier this month. But we didn't concede a lot of chances and I think we deserved the win.

"I think Thibaut [Courtois] needed this [result] for the confidence, but I think all the team deserve this, we did well defensively, offensively also".

  • Steve Townsend