Antonio Conte unconcerned by Chelsea’s wayward finishing after second goalless draw in a row


Chelsea had the better of a mostly dull EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal but struggled to find the finishing touch in the final third.

Antonio Conte is not concerned about Chelsea’s lack of goals after a second successive 0-0 draw, and feels their EFL Cup semi-final with Arsenal is at “50-50” after a stalemate of a first leg at Stamford Bridge. The Italian feels his side have still been creating enough chances to be encouraged that the goals will come, although admitted that more work in training may be required.

Chelsea did have the better of a mostly dull game, but struggled to find the finishing touch.

“I think we have the same probability to go and to play the final at Wembley. 50-50,” Conte said. “Also because don’t forget, not to concede a goal at home could be very important for the second leg. At the same time, we know to play at the Emirates Stadium is not simple, not easy. We are ready. We deserved this opportunity to play the semi-final and we must be very happy to do this.

“About VAR, I’m positive, I’m very positive. When I think there is a big doubt in the game, it’s right the referee and the other referee watch the video to make the best decision. Everybody wants less mistakes in the game. This could be positive. For sure you have to improve and understand when you start VAR you have to add more time in extra time. In Italy sometimes there are doubts two, three times during a game, extra time is seven, eight, nine minutes.”

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Eden Hazard was taken off towards the end of the game, but Conte insisted this was not down to any fitness concerns, but was instead “tactical”

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