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Conte: Earlier Defeat To Arsenal Should Motivate Chelsea Players

Conte: Earlier Defeat To Arsenal Should Motivate Chelsea Players

 

Antonio Conte says Chelsea's 3-0 defeat to Arsenal early in the season will be enough motivation ahead of Saturday's Premier League London derby at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea go into Saturday's game on the back of a good run of form, while Arsenal will hope to bounce back from Tuesday's shock loss to Watford.

A win for Chelsea will extend their lead over Arsenal to 12 points.

Speaking in Friday's press conference, Conte stated that the Chelsea fans have a huge part to play.

"September's defeat away against Arsenal is always on my mind, and I hope it is on the mind of my players too," Conte said.

"I hope the fans give the team a big push in tomorrow's game.

"The Liverpool game is now gone and we must be fully focused on another important game, this time against Arsenal."

Commenting on Arsene Wenger's absence following his touchline ban, Conte stated that he always want to be in the technical area when his team is playing.

"I don't know what effect Wenger's touchline ban will have on Arsenal, but I always prefer to be there in the technical area."

On Frank Lampard's retirement from football, Wenger said:  "It is a pity when a great player decides to stop, for sure for Chelsea he is a legend."

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