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Antonio Conte to consult Chelsea players on tactics for Barcelona return

• Eden Hazard likely to be spared false No 9 role this time
• Olivier Giroud may be preferred to Álvaro Morata in attack

Antonio Conte intends to consult his players over how best to overcome Barcelona on Wednesday, a move which should allow Eden Hazard to argue against his deployment as a false No 9, as he seeks to “share responsibility” before the game at the Camp Nou.

Related: Lionel Messi breaks his duck against Chelsea to earn draw for Barcelona

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte confirmed as Italy’s No 1 choice to be national coach

• Alessandro Costacurta planning talks with Conte
• Former Italy defender in charge of selecting next manager

Chelsea’s manager, Antonio Conte, is Italy’s top choice as national coach. “I haven’t chosen yet but I think Conte is the one who could do the best,” the Italian football association’s vice-commissioner, Alessandro Costacurta, told Tuesday’s Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’ll definitely talk with him in a couple of months.”

Related: Antonio Conte says he needs to settle differences with Chelsea board to stay

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Manchester United go second after Jesse Lingard secures win over Chelsea

Jesse Lingard caused Old Trafford to reverberate with noise after his 75th-minute header sealed a win that took Manchester United back into second place ahead of Liverpool.

The creator was Romelu Lukaku, his neat cross finding the substitute, after the No 9’s first goal for United against top-six opposition had cancelled out Willian’s opener.

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Mourinho says Chelsea games mean ‘less and less’ as Conte feud cools

• Two managers had angry exchange of words earlier in the season
• Portuguese admits emotional ties to Stamford Bridge are loosening

José Mourinho has admitted meetings with Chelsea mean “less and less” as his emotional ties with his former club steadily recede, with neither the Manchester United manager nor Antonio Conte prepared to reignite their feud before Sunday’s collision between their teams at Old Trafford.

The pair clashed towards the end of last year when Conte interpreted Mourinho’s criticisms of managers who “behave as a clown” on the touchline as a personal attack. The Italian responded by suggesting his counterpart might be suffering from “demenza senile”, with their war of words escalating further after the United manager appeared to reference the Chelsea head coach’s four-month ban for failing to report alleged match-fixing while working in his native Italy. Conte went on to call his opposite number “a little man” and “fake”.

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte worried by Álvaro Morata’s struggle to recover

• Conte does not know how long striker will be out with back injury
• Álvaro Morata a doubt for Champions League ties with Barcelona

Antonio Conte has admitted serious concerns over when Álvaro Morata will be fit to return from a troublesome back injury and cast doubt over the Spaniard’s involvement in Chelsea’s Champions League ties against Barcelona.

The club record signing, who cost an initial £58m from Real Madrid last summer and has scored 10 goals in 20 Premier League appearances, first complained of discomfort more than three weeks ago and has not featured since being sent off in extra time in the FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich in mid-January. Chelsea’s medical staff continue to explore different ways to treat the pain but Morata has failed to respond to the treatment.

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Antonio Conte will not resign as pressure builds on Chelsea manager

  • Italian prepares for West Brom match next week
  • Club insist its business as usual as problems mount up

Antonio Conte has no intention of resigning at Chelsea despite his team’s recent dismal run and expects to oversee the game against West Bromwich Albion next week, though the Italian has agreed to his players’ request for extra time off to recharge their batteries amid a draining schedule. The ailing champions endured a second successive three-goal defeat at Watford on Monday to leave the head coach, who was always expected to depart Stamford Bridge in the summer, battling to retain his position in the short term.

Chelsea have denied reports in Spain that their director Marina Granovskaia has met the former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique about succeeding Conte and insist it remains business as usual at the club despite only two wins in 10 games since the turn of the year.

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José Mourinho hits back at Antonio Conte in escalating war of words

• United manager raises Chelsea rival’s ban for failing to report match-fixing
• Conte, whose ban was overturned, had said Mourinho needs a health check

José Mourinho has raised the ante on Antonio Conte, appearing to reference the Chelsea manager’s four-month ban for failing to report alleged match-fixing by stating he would never be banned for the practice.

Manchester United’s manager was responding to his Chelsea counterpart’s suggestion that Mourinho is acting as if he has “demenza senile”, which in turn was a response to Mourinho saying he did not have to “behave as a clown on the touchline” to prove his passion for United – which was interpreted as an attack on Conte. In August 2012 Conte, then in charge of Juventus, began a four-month ban for failing to report the alleged match-fixing when head coach of Siena during the 2010-11 season. The Italian was completely exonerated in May 2016.

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