London giants Arsenal and Chelsea will clash in the Premier League curtain raiser dubbed as the Community Shield game on Sunday. Although, less significance has been attached to the game, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte reckons that his side will give their all, per reports.
Chelsea conquered the Premier League last season but on their way victory, they tasted a heavy defeat to the Gunners in the sixth week of the league at the Emirates. That signified the beginning of the end of their struggles as Conte admitted that he learnt a great deal from the Gunners.
The Blues went on to win 13 straight games in the league until their run was truncated by another London rival Tottenham. However, the switch to 3-4-3 formation continued to pay off for the Blues as they won a record 30 League games in the build up to their title conquest.
Chelsea gave the Gunners a taste of their medicine in February as they thumped them in the League but Arsenal denied Antonio Conte the double in his debut season as they ran rally over the Blues to win the FA Cup.
Reminiscing the FA Cup defeat, a nostalgic looking Conte said:
“It was a pity to lose the game, to lose the FA Cup final against Arsenal after a really great season for us.
“Now there is another game. We know very well Arsenal is a strong team.
“We’re waiting a game very difficult for us and want to try to start the season with a win. The same (for) Arsenal. I want to see a good game, for the players, for the people.”
Conte’s change in formation has stirred a formation revolution in the Premier League. Manchester City, Man United, Tottenham and even Arsenal have used the formation and both Wenger and Conte admit they will stick with same tactics next term.
“After a good season you have to keep the positive things and try to change the negative things,” he added.
“One positive thing was our formation, our system. Now we are trying to continue to work in this system to try to improve.
“Every system needs to improve season by season, year by year.” Conte added