Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'LIVERPOOL ARE THE WORST TEAM TO PLAY NOW' Conte Fears In-Form Rivals Ahead of Bridge Showdown

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'LIVERPOOL ARE THE WORST TEAM TO PLAY NOW' Conte Fears In-Form Rivals Ahead of Bridge Showdown

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

ANTONIO CONTE admits Liverpool are the last side he wants Chelsea to be playing tonight.

Liverpool come into the game at Stamford Bridge after thrashing champions Leicester 4-1 last week and winning 4-3 at Arsenal on the opening day of the season.

Chelsea manager Conte said: "I consider Liverpool the worst team to play now. It will be a very tough game because Liverpool are in very good shape and we must pay great attention.

"It is important that when you play at home in front of your own fans not to lose and to always try to win, to always give your all. I hate to lose.

"For this reason I try with my players and other people who work with me to find the right solution to avoid a defeat because I suffer a lot after a defeat."

Chelsea midfielder Oscar is also wary of the threat posed by Liverpool, in particular fellow Brazil international Philippe Coutinho, who could start on the bench tonight, and their PS34million record signing Sadio Mane. …

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