European breaks do not benefit Chelsea, says Conte.



Chelsea boss Antoinio Conte does not think his side have an advantage heading into their clash against Manchester United because his Blues didn't play a European game during midweek.

Jose Mourinho makes his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon following his Red Devils' 4-1 win over Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday night, potentially resulting in a few of his players suffering fatigue.

However, Conte doesn't believe he has an advantage over United.

"But Manchester United played yesterday and I watched the game," the Italian said to reporters as FourFourTwo reported. "I saw maybe four players who will probably start on Sunday.


"Also, when you have this possibility to play Champions League or Europa League, you can give the chance also to other players who every day in training work very hard.

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"I don't want this type of advantage. This means you don't play in the Champions League or Europa League. I think Chelsea must play during the week this type of tournament.

"Chelsea, this season, can't do this. This is not an advantage."

After back-to-back wins over Leicester and Hull, Conte stressed the importance of continuing their winning streak when United visit Stamford Bridge.

"It's important – very important," he added. "It's important to continue this way. The last game we beat a good team who, last season, won the title.

"This was important. But this Sunday we are up against another great team.

"I want to see progress compared to Liverpool and Arsenal. I am confident about this because I saw fantastic commitment this week."

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