EPL: Chelsea must play despite London terror attack, says Conte

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Chelsea coach Antonio Conte had ordered his players not to lose their discipline against Arsenal on Sunday. Chelsea are missing just one player, that being Danny Drinkwater thanks to his calf injury that will keep him out into October. The French tactician started off with four players at the back and later on switched to a three-man defence last season and it proved to be a right decision.

Hazard came off the bench in this week's Champions League drubbing of Qarabag and England global Chaill has not seen any league action since his opening day dismissal against Burnley.

If Arsene Wenger wants any hope of defeating Chelsea, he will need to play his strongest team, which he failed to do against Liverpool when he left Alexandre Lacazette and Kolasinac on the bench.

"I think Baka is a good player - he's 23 years old, don't forget this", Conte told reporters ahead of Sunday's crunch home clash against rival Arsenal. "We are working a lot on this aspect with him".

And when Arsenal had the ball, the reverse occurred; Chelsea sat deeper and allowed their opponents more time in possession, but it was the same all over the pitch with one-against-ones everywhere, or 3 vs. 3 at either end and 4 vs. 4 in midfield.

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Furthermore, the Gunners have not kept a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge in their last 12 visits. The Gunners have lost both away games this season, including the 4-0 humiliation at Liverpool.

In central midfield, N'Golo Kante is a shoo-in, however Conte needs to determine who is the best partner for the France worldwide. Arsenal were the better side in the opening period and such a tactical battle suited them, given the type of four vs. four and six vs. six, small-sided games they play in training.

'Baka is very close to being totally involved in our idea of football, ' explained our Italian manager. When you play against Arsenal it is the same as when you play against [Manchester] City, Liverpool, [Manchester] United or Tottenham.

Although Bakayoko still needs time to be fully integrated into the Chelsea team, there is no doubt he brings important attributes to the squad.

Conte said he believed referee Michael Oliver should have stopped the game shortly before the foul that earned Luiz his red-card, saying he had been nudged by Alexis Sanchez. We have come here and struggled in recent years but we showed what we're capable of, competing against the best. It's a pity because he was starting to work and to improve his physical conditions.

"He always knows when he has the ball what he has to do".

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