Chelsea seek­ing re­venge for Wem­b­ley de­feats to Ar­se­nal

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World - Agen­cies sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

An­to­nio Conte has chal­lenged Chelsea to avenge last sea­son’s FA Cup fi­nal heartache when they face ti­tle ri­vals Ar­se­nal on Sun­day. Conte’s team were de­nied a mem­o­rable Premier League and FA Cup dou­ble af­ter the cham­pi­ons crashed to a 2-1 de­feat against Ar­se­nal at Wem­b­ley in May. Chelsea also lost the FA Com­mu­nity Shield to their Lon­don ri­vals in Au­gust.

Any meet­ing with Lon­don ri­vals Ar­se­nal is a big mo­ment in Chelsea’s sea­son, but those painful losses mean the lat­est derby at Stam­ford Bridge car­ries ex­tra sig­nif­i­cance for Conte and com­pany.

“I re­mem­ber very well that game. We were un­lucky, if you re­mem­ber the first goal it was very strange,” Conte said of the Cup fi­nal.

“I was sure this goal would be dis­al­lowed, in­stead we started 1-0 down.

“We tried to change the game, then a red card, with 10 men we equalised, but then we con­ceded an­other goal.

“When you lose there is al­ways dis­ap­point­ment but I al­ways see a good men­tal­ity from my play­ers when there is a de­feat.

In con­trast, Ar­se­nal have en­dured a rocky pe­riod as a loss at Stoke was fol­lowed by a hu­mil­i­at­ing 4-0 de­feat against Liver­pool.

Vic­to­ries against Bournemouth and Cologne have done lit­tle to ease the con­cerns of Ar­se­nal fans who be­lieve Gun­ners boss Arsene Wenger is no longer the right man for the job.

Jose Mour­inho backed Romelu Lukaku to shine against his for­mer club as early Premier League pace-set­ters Manch­ester United host Ever­ton at Old Traf­ford on Sun­day.

Now 24 and with six years of Premier League ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind him, Lukaku is now ready to suc­ceed at the top level ac­cord­ing to his man­ager.

“I think Romelu has come here at the right time,” Mour­inho said. “He is at a good age. He has a num­ber of years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the Premier League. He is clearly a player who has adapted to the Premier League.”

Striker Wayne Rooney will re­ceive the warm wel­come he de­serves as a Manch­ester United “legend” when he re­turns to Old Traf­ford With Ever­ton , man­ager Jose Mour­inho told re­porters in a news con­fer­ence.

Rooney moved back to his boy­hood club at the start of the sea­son af­ter 13 suc­cess­ful years at Manch­ester United.

“I think he’ll get the wel­come that he de­serves,” Mour­inho said.

“Some­times the word legend comes too eas­ily but he’s a real legend of the club. The num­ber of ap­pear­ances, goals, tro­phies he has won, clearly he’s one of the most im­por­tant play­ers in the his­tory of Manch­ester United.“

REUTERS

An­to­nio Conte’s Chelsea were de­nied the FA Cup by Ar­se­nal.

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