It will be hot. This is evidenced by the last meeting of the teams on the "Emirates": the Londoners gave a bright battle with a controversial penalty, four balls and rescue in the last seconds.
Conte did not take the League Cup yet, but he had only one year. Arsen also scored zero victories, only 22 years. Wenger played twice in the finals (2007 and 2011) - both times the coveted title eluded the Frenchman, who won all the rest in England.
"Chelsea" will approach the match without losses in the composition: even Azar has healed a small damage and is ready to punish. True, fans should not wait on the field Barkley. Conte admitted that Ross is in good shape, but too little time has passed for the debut.
Arsenal is more difficult. Most likely, the meeting will miss Jaka, Mustafi and Ivobi, who have just healed injuries. In doubt, Osil's participation: Arsen can, as well as take care, risk Mesut. Actively prepared for the "Chelsea" rookie Mavropanos - it is expected that he will start the game on the bench.
Who said what?Antonio Conte, head coach of Chelsea: "The match comes too early for Barkley, but we should be happy, because he is in good physical shape. Ross started training and understands our game ideas. He's a good footballer, and he showed a great desire to work with us and help Chelsea. (the official site of Chelsea)
Arsene Wenger, head coach of Arsenal: "Remember the recent match with Chelsea in the championship. At the repetition, you can see how quickly Azar is on the lawn, and how he runs to execute a penalty when he is appointed. If he got so badly, why did he go to punch him? I understand that, as a professional, he squeezed out of this episode the maximum benefit. I do not blame Azar, he acted very professionally to earn a penalty for the team, and he did it very well "
The figures sayChelsea have won 4 of the last 5 League Cup matches against Arsenal.
The last time the "Gunners" passed Chelsea in the League Cup in the 1976/77 season at Highbury.
In the last 10 meetings in all tournaments "blue" won 4 wins, "Gunners" - 3.
In the last 9 matches at Stamford Bridge Arsenal won only once. Wenger has 7 defeats and one draw.
This match will be the 15th for Arsenal in the semi-finals of the League Cup. More often in 1/2 played only "Liverpool" (17 times).