Antonio Conte

Conte Expects Tough Arsenal, Chelsea Derby, Rules Terry Out

Antonio Conte has said that Chelsea face a very tough clash against Arsenal in Saturday's London derby at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal are looking for their first league win against Chelsea since their 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge in 2011.

Chelsea won both legs last season with Arsenal the trio of Pier Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla and Gabriel Paulista all getting sent off.

Speaking ahead of the game, Conte stated that the nature of the game is enough motivation for any player.

"For sure it's a big game between two big rivals. It's important to play a good game, we know we face a good team.

"When you have these big games it's not necessary to push any player."

Conte pointed out that Chelsea has to be at their defensive best not only against Arsenal but also throughout the entire campaign.

"We must work on the defensive aspect because if you want a great championship you must not concede so many goals."

The former Juventus boss said he was undecided about the availability of Cesc Fabregas but ruled skipper John Terry out of the derby.

"For Cesc this is a special game for him, he's playing very well for Chelsea and he's very focused and concentrated."

"There is the possibility that he can start tomorrow but I still have one more day to decide my line-up."

"John Terry hasn't recovered from his injury yet and won't be available tomorrow."

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