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Relief for Conte after Chelsea maul Terriers

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Chelsea, drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League last 16, travel to 12th-placed Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Tuesday.

For Chelsea, Alvaro Morata is out after suffering a back injury, while also tiring after playing in five successive games.

ANTONIO CONTE IS confident his Chelsea players have the character to bounce back from their miserable defeat to West Ham when they face Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.

In 1924, 1925 and 1926, the Terriers lifted the First Division title - some 31 years before Chelsea tasted their first (and only non-Abramovich money) top-flight success.

Conte was pleased with what he saw from his front three of Hazard, Pedro and William, the latter two having started on the bench against West Ham.

"Now we must be focused in the league to go game by game, to do our best".

Hazard said: 'Eleven now, we won.

"Morata is out, because he's a bit exhausted and there is a problem in his back", Conte told reporters at his pre-match news conference.

That quintet suffered just three defeats between them in the group stage and scored 80 goals in total, while reigning English champions Chelsea were the only team not to win their group.

Chelsea's starting line-up at Huddersfield will predictably feature changes given the quick turnaround following Saturday's match. "At the end we lost the game".

"Always when I play I want to play well and make a difference".

Conte says he now considers winning the Premier League title to be "impossible", with Manchester City opening up a 14-point lead over the champions. It was a much-needed triumph for David Wagner's men after a hard period in which they had been overcome by Bournemouth (0-4), Manchester City (1-2), Arsenal (0-5) and Everton (0-2), with the Terriers climbing to 11th place in the standings.

Michael Hefele is still lacking fitness following a long-term Achilles injury while fellow defender Jon Stankovic is still out with a knee ligament injury.

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