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Antonio Conte: 'Arsenal will make Chelsea suffer in second leg'

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admits that his side must remain "compact" if they are to avoid being taken apart by Arsenal in Wednesday's EFL Cup semi-final second leg.

Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea players that they "must be prepared to suffer" when they face Arsenal in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.

The Blues do not have the best of records against their London rivals since the start of last season, losing three and drawing three of the last seven encounters.

Chelsea were held to a second successive home stalemate in this fixture when the sides faced off in the first leg a fortnight ago, leaving things delicately poised ahead of Wednesday night's return match.

Asked what he is expecting from the game, Conte told the assembled press: "When you play against Arsenal for sure you must be prepared to suffer without the ball. They like to bring many players in the box and find combinations.

"For this reason we must pay great attention. We have to be compact with the ball but at the same time dangerous when on the ball. Last season we saw two different games. The first one was a disaster, we lost 3-0. The second game at home we won 3-1.

"In this season the first game in the league ended 0-0 and 2-2 in the second game. We are showing to be at the same point, with the same value. Tomorrow there is not another game and we don't have another possibility and we need to try to reach the final."

Chelsea will be without Spanish duo Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas for the second leg, as they are suffering from back and hamstring injuries respectively.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27233179205972
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27175551193256
3Liverpool27159361313054
4Chelsea27165649232653
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs27157552242852
6Arsenal27136851361545
7Burnley279992124-336
8Leicester CityLeicester2798103940-135
9Everton2797113246-1434
10Bournemouth2787123141-1031
11Watford2786133747-1030
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham2779113446-1230
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2777132536-1128
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610112236-1428
15Crystal Palace2769122542-1727
16Swansea CitySwansea2776142037-1727
17Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2776142347-2427
18Southampton27511112840-1226
19Stoke CityStoke2767142753-2625
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27311132140-1920
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