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Antonio Conte full of praise for Cesc Fabregas, confirms he could face Arsenal this weekend


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was full of praise for his players after they fought until the very end to beat Leicester City in the League Cup.

The Blues endured a nightmare start to the game but bounced back and kept their cool to beat 10-man Leicester and reach the fourth round of the competition.

The Italian also confirmed that midfielder Cesc Fabregas could be in the starting line-up when Chelsea face Arsenal this Saturday.

"It was a typical English game," Conte explained.

"It's incredible that after 30 minutes you are 2-0 down and then have a great reaction to score four goals and to go in the next round.

"If you ask me if I'm happy with the goals we conceded, I am not happy, but I saw a great reaction from my players and my team.

"This is very important because they showed a great heart and a will to win and go in the next round. It wasn't easy at 2-0 and after a defeat in the last game in the league.

"We know that we can improve, I repeat this. The only way I know is to continue to work very hard and to improve on different aspects. I am sure we can improve and I will try with all my strength to do this.

"I am pleased for Cesc [Fabregas].

"He played a good game and he showed me in this period great attitude and commitment during the training sessions and when I call him during the game to come on. I'm satisfied when I see this behaviour.

"This is the right way. I want my players to create good competition in the team and game by game give me the opportunity to choose the best line-up.

"All the players in my squad have the possibility to play against Arsenal [even Cesc].

"There are three days before the game and they have the opportunity to show me during the training sessions, to have a good shape, and convince me to put them in the line-up.

"I want to win. My choice is done to win. I don't care what the surname is. It's important when I call someone to play to show me my choice is not wrong."

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