Pat Nevin and Daniel Gabbidon react to Crystal Palace win vs Chelsea

Victor Moses gutted by injury blow

"They've lost [Alvaro] Morata and they'll hopefully get him back as soon as possible because it doesn't look like [Michy] Batshuayi is the answer".

And as Manchester City opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League, Conte warned that with a thinner squad the expectations of his team can't be the same as previous year. We must find the will to fight. "It's a hard moment for us", Conte told reporters. Today Moses's injury is another big loss for us. "This season will be very hard - we must put in 150 per cent". "Last season is the past".

With the west Londoners hosting Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday, Conte is set to be without at least three of his players in Moses, N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater although Alvaro Morata could win his fitness race in time to feature at Stamford Bridge.

Conte implied his squad was simply not strong enough adding: "This season we're facing four competitions and we are having a few problems doing this".

"We were lucky to have not too many injuries but we have recently picked up a few".

And Chelsea's title challenge is in trouble. The Palace setback followed a damaging defeat by Manchester City before the worldwide break.

Michy Batshuayi was granted his first Premier League start since the opening day of the season but failed to impress at Selhurst Park, being replaced by Pedro Rodriguez after just 57 minutes, and he reacted with frustration to being substituted. In fact, they had not even found the back of the net.

The Italian was reluctant to single out his only fit striker for criticism, however.

Speaking about Moses" situation following Chelsea's shock defeat to Palace, Conte said: "His is another bad situation.



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