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By
Nick Budicin

28 Oct 2016 - 2:11 PM  UPDATED 28 Oct 2016 - 2:11 PM
Chelsea continue their winning ways, and Antonio Conte really is happy for his players: “When you work very hard, it’s important to win. Because when you win, you trust the work."

Since humbling defeats to fellow title contenders Liverpool and Arsenal, the Blues have been clinical in the Premier League. Nine goals scored — and zero conceded — in victories over Hull City, Leicester City and Manchester United have thrust Chelsea into fourth place, just one point off of top spot.
 
Conte insisted early in the season that, despite the poor results, his side was working very hard. We are just now seeing the fruit of that labour.
 
Slaven Bilic elated after 2-1 EFL Cup victory over Chelsea gives West Ham third win in a row in all competitions, but won’t discuss crowd trouble: “Let’s talk five minutes about the game…I think this game deserves to be talked about a little bit more."

It took just over one minute for the attention to turn from West Ham’s solid performance against Chelsea, to the violent scenes in the stands at London Stadium.

Bilic was rightly peeved, as the behaviour he labelled as “unacceptable” overshadowed what was easily the Hammers’ best performance of the year. He’ll be hoping for a more positive presser this weekend after West Ham visit Everton.
 
Jurgen Klopp struggles to hide excitement at possible return of Steven Gerrard: “Steven Gerrard is always so welcome at Liverpool F.C. You cannot imagine how welcome."
 

Klopp hinted at the return of the Liverpool great, but also managed to play his cards very close to his chest — save for a hopeful grin from the German gaffer.

It may be that a Gerrard return happens only in Klopp’s ‘dream land’ where “you win always four or five-nil, then the crowd can go a little bit early.” But, a man can dream, can’t he?
 
Southampton coach Claude Puel pleased with his side’s “fantastic spirit, strong mentality and good organisation” in draw against Manchester City.

The draw marked a fifth game without a win for Manchester City, but Puel insisted that they did not change their style of play for the Manchester giants, saying “today, all is normal…the players, they know our identity.”
His show of faith in the game plan, and the players, is a sign that things are working nicely at St. Mary’s — and they’ll need to continue that to overcome Chelsea this weekend.
 
Arsene Wenger left frustrated by goalless draw with lowly Middlesbrough: “I have a frustrated face, certainly, and I am"

Despite dominating possession, the Gunners were not able to continue their run of tightly contested victories, and it could’ve been worse were it not for Petr Cech, something Wenger was well aware of.
 
“We could’ve lost the game as well…if you don’t score early…then you can have a draw, even lose the game,” Wenger said.
 
He’ll be hoping for a much quieter game for his ‘keeper this weekend, when Arsenal take on bottom placed Sunderland.