Ahead of the weekend’s premier league fixture between Arsenal and Chelsea, Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte has already kicked the ball rolling on the usual mind games that precede most big games like this one.
The Italian manager, while speaking during Chelsea’s pre-match conference said: “I don’t care nothing about Arsenal’s situation, I care about Chelsea’s,” Conte said in his pre-match press conference.
“Arsenal is one of the top six teams in England and I think they have a really good squad to fight for something important, the title in England, for sure.
Chelsea have not lost at home against Arsenal since 2011 but suffered two 2-1 defeats to their London neighbours in May’s FA Cup Final as well as in last month’s Community Shield, both at Wembley.
Since then, Arsenal have lost twice in four league games.
Conte also went on to say that in England there are six top teams and “when you play against one of them, it is always a tough game and anything can happen. We have to fight, we have to play a game against a rival.”
The Italian manager also spoke about Eden Hazard who is nearing full fitness but that he had not yet decided whether to start him this weekend.
The 26-year-old Belgium international appeared as a substitute in Chelsea’s last two games, victories over Leicester City and Qarabag of Azerbaijan.
Captain Gary Cahill is also available after serving a three-match suspension.
Chelsea returned to winning ways after a shocking opening day defeat to Burnley with wins over Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Leicester City FC.
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