CHELSEA VS LIVERPOOL MATCH BUILD UP – CONTE :”I WILL DO TO LIVERPOOL LIKE I DID SPAIN AT EUROS”
Chelsea Manager plans to shackle the Kop attackers with a repeat of the defensive discipline that triumphed in France at Euro 2016 over Spain.
ANTONIO CONTE has given his side an Italian masterclass in defending.Goals from Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle snuffed them out the 2 time champions of Europe in the Stade de France as Italy won 2-0.
And now Conte, a stickler for defensive discipline, has been drilling his players on stopping free-scoring Liverpool tonight.
He said: “We are preparing with great attention.
“The situation is similar to the game with Spain because Liverpool attack with two wingers and a very narrow forward line.
“They have the full-backs very wide. They attack with five, six and seven players and penetrate from midfield.
“This situation is very difficult for us, but does create possibilities when you win the ball to find space.
“But when you don’t have the ball, it can be a problem. We prepare the team for tactical and physical aspects and in training, we have created the same situations that the players will find during the game.”
The Blues have conceded six goals in their opening five games and only kept one clean sheet, against new boys Burnley.
They will also be without the injured John Terry, meaning David Luiz will play his first game since rejoining the club for £34million from Paris Saint-Germain.
But the Chelsea boss is confident the Brazilian will not let him down after drumming it into his players that they must stop shipping goals.
He added: “I always repeat to my players — we must feel the danger.
“For this reason, we must feel the dangers for the whole 95 minutes and never relax.
“This league is so tough. One long ball and you can concede.”
Conte is confident Luiz will be a hit on his return and said it is unfair for him to be judged on his previous spell.
He added: “We expect David to play very well, with great attention. We know David is a great player.
“The English league is very difficult, very tough and it’s difficult to manage a result.
“In England, in the last 20 minutes, anything can happen.
it sure can Antonio..
culled from the SUN.CO.UK