Chelsea manager Conte has declared Ssouthnampton clash a big challenge


Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has stated that Chelsea’s away clash against Southampton at St. Mary’s will be a real test to their title challenge this season.

Chelsea, lost 2-1 to West Ham in the English Football League, EFL, Cup on Wednesday, while the Saints held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw away last weekend before beating Sunderland in the EFL Cup midweek.

The Italian said during his pre-match press conference on Friday, that he admires Claude Puel’s side’s attacking style.

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“This test is different. We are playing away against a team in good shape. It’s a big test for our ambition.

“Southampton are very strong and I’m impressed with the offensive football they play,” Conte said.

The former Italy national team boss disclosed that Branislav Ivanovic has returned from injury but ruled out Cesc Fabregas.

He said captain John Terry is a key member of the Chelsea team despite not being at his best in the loss against West Ham.

“The situation for the injured players remains the same. Fabregas remains out but Ivanovic is available.”

“John came back from an injury and it’s not easy to find the right shape, but I’m satisfied with him and the team.

“John is an important player for us, if he plays or if he doesn’t play, for the changing room and the club.”

“This league is very difficult and anything can happen in any single game. For this reason, continuity is crucial.”

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