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Conte: Atmosphere is the same

Antonio Conte Press conference

Antonio Conte says the speculation over the future of Diego Costa has had no impact on the unity and spirit of Premier League title-chasing Chelsea.

Costa missed last weekend’s win at Leicester with a back injury amid reports of a bust-up with Conte and his backroom staff.

“I found the same atmosphere we had before his injury,” said Conte. “If you want to win something during the season it’s important to create this unity in the team.

“We’re showing this. We’re top of the table this is one of the most important things. I’m pleased to see this unity in my team.”