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Conte happy with Chelsea win, still unhappy with fixtures

Chelsea v Newcastle United - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea, Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea and Gary Cahill of Chelsea celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on December 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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Antonio Conte continued his rage against the Premier League fixture machine on Saturday, albeit a bit more subdued than his pregame criticism.

Chelsea went down early to Newcastle United, but rebounded largely on the electricity of Eden Hazard in a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

[ RECAP: Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle ]

He wasn’t happy with Chelsea’s slow start, but he feels that was more a product of the fixture list and not anything from his men.

From the BBC:

“Our start was a bit slow. We did well after only two days’ rest. It was a solid performance despite the goal. We showed good motivation and good intensity. I made rotations in the game and the response of my players was positive.

“I think that today, to play and win after two days of rest means a lot. Newcastle had the advantage with one day more of rest.”

The winter break or elimination of a cup isn’t going to happen any time soon, but it’s understandable that managers who’ve experienced a less congested schedule in Serie A or La Liga would have angst with the idea.

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