Chelsea boss on Parsons Green incident
“Before we start I would like to say all our thoughts are with the people affected by the incident on the tube today.
“For sure this is a difficult situation and an incident is very dangerous and your mind goes on the situation.
“We have to try to think only to play the game. This is the best way. I remember when I was a coach of the national team and the terrorist attack.
“We stayed with the national team and we had to play against Belgium. In this case it is important to continue. For sure there is a great disappointment for this, and a lot of time it is very difficult to understand why. We have to continue to show that we are stronger than them.”
“My rotation, the best goal and target is to make the best decision for every game and to win, to win is very important for us. The answer of my players in the last game was positive and pleased for the commitment of my players.
“Now there is a tough game against Arsenal. I have another day to check the physical condition and make the right decision for the game.”
Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill
“About Eden, for sure he is improving and to have this type of patience is paying off. He is very close to being totally fit and to continue in this way.
“Don’t forget I have to make decision for the team and the best decision for the players. I think he is improving a lot and is very close to being 100 per cent fit.
“For Gary, he came back against Qarabag, he played very well with a good performance. I am pleased for him. I have another day to reflect and make the best decision for Sunday.”
Arsenal raise their game against Chelsea?
“Arsenal is one of the six top teams in England and I think they have a really good squad to fight for something important. The title, for sure.
“This is a massive game for us, when you play against Arsenal it’s always massive. The same against City, United, Liverpool, Spurs. In England there are six top teams and when you play against one of them it is a massive game. Anything can happen and so we have to pay great attention. We have to fight and play against a rival.”
Advantage having extra rest?
I don’t think. I have watched the game and Wenger rotated a lot of players and players were rested for the game against us, it is not an advantage.
Will Arsenal change its system?
“I don’t think. Arsenal always played with a back four, end of the last season they switched their system. I think they won’t change against us.”
“I hope to finish the game with 11 players! In the last few games, the FA Cup and Community Shield, don’t forget we finished with then men and I hope we don’t this time.”
Could Sunday see off a title rival?
“Arsenal are a big rival, if you see their squad they have a lot of top players. I don’t understand why they can’t fight for the title, it’s normal. They lost only one player, Chamberlain, but kept all the rest. They have many top players.”
Any update on the anti-Semitic chants?
Club spokesman – No update today
What do you think about Arsene Wenger and criticism of Arsenal
“I don’t care nothing about this situation. I want to speak about Chelsea’s situation, not Arsenal’s. Every time we talk about it we are unlucky against them. They will solve their problem, we will solve our problem.”
Worried about discipline?
“For sure when you start the game you try to keep always the right discipline. In both situations you have to see very well if there was the red card or not.”
Danny Drinkwater update
“He had a muscular problem in his calf. It will be very difficult to see him before the international break. He needs time to recover. It is a pity because he was starting to work and improve his condition and adapt our idea of football. Now we have to move all this situation. It could be two or three weeks, I don’t know.”
Morata needs to score more with his feet?
“I think it is right to score and I am happy if he can score with his feet or head. It is not important, chest or back! It is not important how but to score and try to improve himself every day.”