Chelsea opposition analysis: Taking the measure of a struggling Swansea side

Chelsea were good for their point despite the fortuitous nature of Willian’s equaliser

"He is an important player for us".

On Chelsea's title hopes despite being 11 points adrift of Manchester City, Conte said: "We are trying to do our best this season. For this reason we must be anxious", Conte said. "We must be focused to go game by game and go with my players to take as many points as possible".

The Blues are coming off the back of a solid 1-1 draw with Liverpool last weekend and now sit third in the Premier League table in third place, three points behind Manchester United and a further 11 behind high-flying Manchester City. "For this reason we must be anxious because if we want to compete with Manchester City we have to work and then make the best decisions in the transfer market".

"We have to look at ourselves and not the others", Conte said. Last season was very hard for me to find the best way but then we had a fantastic season. If one day the club try to ask me something about this topic [transfers], I can give my opinion.

Chelsea lost Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic to Atletico Madrid and Manchester United respectively in the previous window, leaving Conte concerned about his options ahead of the packed festive schedule in late December and early January.

"At the same time, I am very happy to work for this club with these players".

"Our form has not been particularly good, but that's the belief we have". We have just started this period and it will be important to rest players.

"I must be honest at the moment it is hard for me to answer [how long he will be sidelined]", Conte said.

"I thought Chelsea were fortunate against Liverpool, they had a spell in the game where they were good, both teams had their moments in the game at times".

"Last season, if you remember we started the season without a lot of pressure because a lot of people didn't think Chelsea would be at the top of the table and maybe not even in the Champions League. To try to reduce this gap to Manchester United and then we have to try to do this with Manchester City".

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