Conte admits he expects a hard transfer window

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Conte admits he expects a hard transfer window

Antonio Conte has told Chelsea fans that he will try to add some depth to his squad in the January transfer window.

But the Italian has underlined the importance of adding to his squad next month.

Defender David Luiz and the left-sided Kenedy have been the subject of speculation suggesting they may leave Chelsea.

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"If I must be honest, I think that it's right to play during the Christmas period but, at the same time, after the Christmas period you must have a break", Conte said. "In this period there are a lot of rumours". Some are true, while some are wrong. We must be ready to face this situation. We have to play every three days and it's not right that these rumours disturb us.

Since the worldwide break at the beginning of September, every possible midweek has been filled for Conte and his players because of our return to European competition, and our continued involvement in the Carabao Cup.

Chelsea play at Goodison Park today in the third game between the sides this season, with Conte set to face a third different Everton manager.

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The festive season in English football is typically fraught with fixture congestion, but Chelsea are feeling the strain more than most this year, thanks to their involvement in the Carabao Cup and Champions League - not to mention the extra midweek round of Premier League games shoehorned in to make room for the World Cup at the end of the season. They're in a good moment of form, they have great confidence.

'To prepare for a game every three days you spend a lot of energy: preparing analysis videos, preparing tactical work, preparing your team to play in a different system with different opponents.

'At the same time, if there is the possibility to improve our squad, I think the club will try to do this'. If we think you only play, you don't have great difficulty.

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It would be very important to get three points, but we know very well that, in the last five games, Everton won four games. Despite his young age, he is showing great maturity. 'I'm very happy because I've had a good response from my players.

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