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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has expressed his own idea about the possibility of a “new Arsène Wenger” in a near future.

“It would be fantastic if somebody was able to stay for 20 years in one club. I think that there is satisfaction in both sides” Conte claimed.

“Sometimes I think that it’s important for the manager to know that he doesn’t always have to win, lose or draw.”

“If you judge only for the wins, sometimes you can make a big mistake and you’ll pay for this in the future.”

Then, about the troubled relationship between former Chelsea boss José Mourinho and Wenger, Conte confirmed: “I think that Wenger is doing a good job and I don’t want to go into a situation of Wenger or Mourinho.”

“I think that Arsenal have a good story. It’s an important team.”


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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident that his side can improve a lot also in the defensive situations despite having conceded 55 goals last season.

“It was already in the last season, Chelsea conceded 55 goals – the Italian manager confirmed – We must work a lot in this aspect to avoid these situations, if you want to think for a great championship you must not concede so many goals”

When we conceded goals the whole team conceded goal, not only the defense and this means that we must improve. Anyway, if the opponent think this, I think the opponent also think we can score a lot of goals.”

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Chelsea defense is still conceding goals, maybe due to a lack of confidence or as a result of the absence of both John Terry and Kourt Zouma, who is still recovering from a knee injury.

Manager Antonio Conte, who previously told medias that Terry is not totally fit for tomorrow’s game, gave an injury update also about the French defender: “I hope to see him in the training session next week. He’s in a good shape, is fit and I hope to start counting on him to be in the team.”

When asked about Zouma’s availability after the international break, Conte added: “Maybe, there’s a possibility. Probably, we’ll wait one week more and he can play after the international break.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that is ‘not necessary to push any player’ ahead of big clashes, such as the game against Arsenal in the Premier League match day 6 tomorrow.

“I think that it is not necessary to push any player when there this type of game, very tough with big games involved in, – Conte stated – Because I think these big games give great expectations so the players are already motivated.”

About the rivalry between Arsene Wenger and José Mourinho, Conte added: “I think that Arsenal have a good story, is an important team and I don’t want to enter situations between Mourinho and Wenger, who is doing a good job”. 


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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes Cesc Fabregas has to be only focused on his work with the team, especially following the great performance he showed off in the last EFL Cup extra-time win against Leicester.

“Cesc? it will be a special game for him – Conte claimed – the most important thing for Cesc is that for now he is Chelsea’s player.” 

“He is playing very well and I am seeing him very focused and concentrated during the training sessions. He played a good game in the cup.”

“Tomorrow he will start if I decide it, I have another day to decide make my decision”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte took a view on next clash against Arsenal.

The Blues are set to face the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and the manager is confident that his squad can overpass the last disappointing dome defeat to Liverpool.

When asked about the opponent, Conte said: “I am sure this is a big game between two big rivals, it’s important to play a good game after a defeat against Liverpool”.

“We are set to face a good team, good rivals. I am sure that Arsenal will fight until the end to win the title, they have young players, great players with good physical potential, they show good football and good organization”. 

The manager confirmed he’s very happy with the level the team reached since his arrival this summer: “I am sure we are working to reach a level always high and I see that this team can improve a lot. When you start a work in a team and you bring a new idea of football is normal to need time, but we trust in our work and we all know we can improve a lot”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte gave an injury update ahead of the clash against Arsenal.

The Blues are set to face the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and the manager is confident that his squad can overpass the last disappointing home defeat to Liverpool.

When asked if captain John Terry is fully fit for the game or if was anybody else missing Arsenal clash, Conte said: “John Terry did the best to recover but he didn’t recover for the game against Arsenal, is still working a lot but needs time.”

“I don’t know when he will be fit, in this case is important both what the player feels and the pain that he feels”.

It is understood Terry wants to play every gamem but this won’t be a problem for the Italian manager, as he confirmed: “It’s normality, in the team we have 3 central defenders so I have to make a choice, but I think is normal when you are a team like Chelsea. I don’t see any problem”.

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Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are lining-up a January move to sign Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, according to SportMediaset.

The 23-year-old is still recovering from an injury after joining the Giallorossi from Stuttgart in 2015.

Chelsea have already signed David Luiz and Marcos Alonso in that position but manager Antonio Conte is said to be confident of landing another centre-back to Stamford Bridge when the transfer market window reopens in January, however Serie A giants are reportedly asking €25.8m for the German international.

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Former Manchester United and Southampton defender Danny Higginbotham, speaking about next Chelsea game against Arsenal, told The Sun that “Diego Costa wants and needs to live on the edge”.

“It’s how he gets the best out of himself – Higginbotham claimed – You’d want the Chelsea star in your team, 100 per cent.”

“But when you play against him one of two things happen — he either winds up the opposition centre-back or winds himself up. If Costa can’t wind you up, he turns it on himself. His mind goes off the game.”

“So the first thing I’d say to Arsenal defenders Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny is whenever you are up against Costa don’t let him touch you — don’t let him feel you.”

The Spaniard scored in the 0-1 away win against Arsenal last season and is expected to feature in the Blues’ starting XI at the Emirates on Saturday.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas impressed in the last comeback win against Leicester and this is the reason why SkySports pundit Paul Merson believes the Spaniard ‘must start’ against his former side Arsenal.

Merson declared: “This is a huge match, especially with Man City playing at 3pm, because whoever slips up will probably be even further behind the current league leaders”.

“I give the slight advantage to Arsenal because they’re at home but it is one of those situations whereby, come 7pm on Saturday night, we will know what kind of season they will have.”

“They are flat-track bullies but don’t really turn it on against the big teams and could be eight points off the top if they lose and City win. Do you see City losing three games without Arsenal also slipping up?

The 29-year-old made his debut in the Blues starting XI on Tuesday, when he scored a brace in the extra-time.

“For me, Cesc Fabregas has to play for Chelsea – Merson stated – N’Golo Kante will cover every blade of grass but you need someone to get on the ball and pass it. Fabregas is among the best in the Premier League in possession.”



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