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Conte reveals why Chelsea won 3-2 against Southampton, speaks on Alonso’s tackle on Long

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Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has reacted to his side’s ‘spirit and passion’ in the second-half of their Premier League with Southampton.

Conte, however, admitted the Blues were nowhere near good enough during the opening 45 minutes.

The Italian also said he did not see the leg-breaking tackle on Shane Long by his defender, Marcos Alonso.

Goals from substitute, Olivier Giroud and Hazard cancelled out Southampton’s first half double. Giroud added the third to give the Premier League champions their second win in nine matches.

Conte told Sky Sports after the match that “A good win but for me it was important to see the right spirit, the right passion and enthusiasm in the second half,’ the Italian said.

“In the first half we didn’t play well but not just that, they put more into the tempo than us. I was very disappointed but we must be pleased by the second half.

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“The most important thing is to show in every game the right passion and to fight until the end. We need to finish this season in the best possible way.

“I don’t why the desire wasn’t there but the coach is the first person to have the fault. It doesn’t matter that we won the game 3-2, it was important to see the right reaction and fight in the eyes of my players.

“Southampton played a good game and took a lot of confidence after their first goal because they were nervous at the start. It was difficult for us to come back so we must be pleased by the desire we showed.

“I didn’t see Marcos Alonso’s challenge and after the game I don’t want to comment on the referee’s decision.”

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Manchester United players told to ignore Mourinho’s instructions

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Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has told Manchester United players to ignore instructions from manager Jose Mourinho and take matters into their own hands.

The Red Devils travel to Anfield on Sunday to take on title-chasing Liverpool, 16 points behind their bitter rivals.

A much-changed United side slipped to another demoralising defeat against Valencia in midweek and Keown believes Mourinho’s men are turning in the worst performances he has seen in 25 years.

“These performances are some of the worst we’ve seen from United in 25 years,” Keown told Football Focus.

“They are there for the taking – these United players almost need to stop listening to their manager now.

“If this is how they’re being told to play, the players are on their own – I don’t know the identity of this United team.

“They’re almost dreading games. Whether they change the manager is another thing but every game feels like a crisis now.

“Mourinho has an incredible job there but the ‘special one’ has become the ‘lonely one’.

“He’s almost enjoying the process of it coming to an end.”

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Barcelona issue fresh ban to Dembele

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Barcelona have banned Ousmane Dembele from turning off his phone, after he once again failed to arrive on time for training, uniquesports.com.ng reports.

Earlier this week, Dembele begged his team-mates for forgiveness in a private dressing-room speech, after being fined £90,000 for turning up two hours late to training, reports Daily Mail.

Manager Ernesto Valverde has now instructed the French winger, to keep his phone on all the time, so that he can be contactable if another issue arises.

Valverde is said to be content with the player’s improvement off the pitch and believes he has taken positive steps towards changing his attitude.

It is believed Dembele enjoys playing video games and watching TV until the early hours of the morning, which is the main issue.

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Man City VS Everton: Jesus scores twice as Manchester City go back to top

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Manchester City have returned to the top of the Premier League for another 24 hours at least, following a 3-1 win over Everton in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Pep Guardiola’s men saw their unbeaten start to the season end at Chelsea last week and Liverpool overtook them on the table.

However, the champions preserved their 100 per cent record at home against Marco Silva’s men.

Gabriel Jesus scored either sides of half time to give City a 2-0 lead, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back.

However, Raheem Sterling climbed off the bench, to head in a third and make sure the home side got maximum points.

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