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Antonio Conte isn't counting on the January transfer window to solve Chelsea's problems

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Over the last couple weeks, in the wake of back-to-back losses to Liverpool and Arsenal, rumors emerged that Roman Abramovich has authorised yet another overhaul of the Chelsea squad and has fully backed Conte to be the man in charge of heading up the transition on the pitch.

This early vote of confidence was repaid with a handy 2-0 win at Hull City, a match that featured a different tactical setup than previously seen from Chelsea.  Cleary, Conte's looking to improve and solve the team's issues with the options already at his disposal rather than waiting for some transfer business to magically make them all go away.  He related as much in a recent interview as well.

"The present is now more important. January is a long way away. I don't see an opportunity in January to spend money or change things."

"Now I see the present. I see in the present the opportunity to improve, and we must continue to change the story of last season. I repeat: last season it was very clear. I think that me and the players, none of us has forgotten this."

-Antonio Conte; source: Get West London

It would be surprising if Chelsea made no moves in January of course, but impactful signings are a lot easier to pull off in the summer (and they still may not be easy then, as we've seen repeatedly with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly and John Stones and Wayne Rooney and so on and so forth).  For all we know, Conte's expecting a new signing or two even despite this words.  But for now, the task is clear: get better with what we've got.  Sounds like we're in no danger of losing sight of that simple goal.


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