"I've rarely been given the players I asked for" — Antonio Conte

Brazil central defender David Luiz has played just once since October, although Conte has insisted it is not because of a falling out but due to a knee injury.

The point leaves Chelsea in third as part of their Premier League title defence after 22 games.

He passes that responsibility to the club, even though there is no technical director at the moment following the departure of Michael Emenalo in November.

He added: "Our squad is not big and for this reason I think it's impossible to send on loan one player or to sell one player if we don't take another player".

And speculation has been rife that Conte is keen to bring the 33-year-old to Stamford Bridge with David Luiz potentially on his way out of the Premier League club. He has to stay calm and to continue to play this way and the goal is coming'. "Because when you are unhappy you transfer this to the other players, to me, to my staff, and I don't like this".

"My expectations can be a lot, or not", said Conte.

Now in his fourth transfer window at Stamford Bridge, Conte has made his dissatisfaction over the situation clear - saying he is working under an 'austerity programme'. Apart from these two clubs, Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked.

"I repeat, I give my opinion - I am only a coach".

The Blues face the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium with the possibility of moving up to second place in the standings, and also have a League Cup double-header against the same opposition coming up later in January. Costa is a crazy man and often appears to be more interested in various forms of cannibalism than football. Conte has talked up how much he would like to have Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal on his side, whom he managed at Juve. He has stopped training during the week to conserve some of the energy he will summon when the whistle blows to signal deep competition where he feels every kick from his technical area.

  • Ricardo Clara