Carabao Cup semi-final Preview - Arsenal v Chelsea

Jan 25, 2018, 01:43
Carabao Cup semi-final Preview - Arsenal v Chelsea

I like winning things, and the Carabao Cup is a thing, so why not win it? It's not important if you reach the final [of a competition] or win a trophy or win the league.

"I think, for sure, in this moment there are two teams in this league who are "top".

The Blues are now unbeaten since 9 December but Conte is expecting a tough test against Arsenal. It would not be a stretch to say he is Chelsea's best defender and one of the first names on team sheet tonight. 'They are not available for the Arsenal game.

Ozil, in particular, will be key, with his link-up with Lacazette as well as his creative abilities, which could make all the difference in the end.

There will also be a change for television viewers who will be able to hear the decision-making process from VAR and see exactly what the additional official is watching.

The onus will also be on the wing-backs - Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles - to keep their respective counterparts in check while also driving forward with pace and intent to support the attackers. He said: "I am not anxious about that".

Hazard was named as the man of the match as he scored two goals in Chelsea FC's 4-0 win over Brighton on Saturday afternoon to help the Blues up into third place in the Premier League table.

On the positive side, Chelsea has been given a huge boost as the trio of players - Danny Drinkwater, Thibaut Courtois, and Gary Cahill have returned to training.

"Morata has a problem in his back and is injured', Conte told reporters at his pre-match news conference". He should be supported by a midfield duo of N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who will add some mettle to their lineup.

Wenger's barren run in this competition has lasted throughout his 22-year reign as Gunners manager, with the club failing to lift the League Cup in its many guises since George Graham's team defeated Sheffield Wednesday in the final in 1993.

Chelsea have won two Premier League titles and a League Cup in the past four seasons, but Conte stated his belief that teams can still have very good seasons even if they don't land silverware.

Chelsea raced into a seventh-minute lead through Eden Hazard but Arsenal quickly fought back.

"I played my first senior game for Switzerland there".

Arsenal may have been the victors on the night, but the biggest winner was probably Guardiola.

The fact the Gunners fielded a strong side against the visitors from Stamford Bridge was indicative of Arsene Wenger wanting to lift the only domestic trophy he has failed to land.

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