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Conte warns Chelsea to avoid ref rage in Arsenal clash

first_imgVictor Moses was dismissed in the 2-1 FA Cup final defeat last season after the Chelsea wing-back earned a second booking for diving.Blues winger Pedro saw red in the Community Shield in August after a lunge on Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny and Chelsea were eventually beaten on penalties after a 1-1 draw.Conte disagreed with both decisions but he knows the red cards had a significant influence on Chelsea’s defeats against their London rivals.Keen to avoid another damaging dismissal at Stamford Bridge this weekend, the Chelsea boss told his players to focus on keeping their emotions in check, while also placing the spotlight on referee Michael Oliver.“I hope to finish the game with 11 players — in the last two games, the FA Cup final and the Community Shield, we finished with 10 men — then during the game the best team will win,” Conte told reporters on Friday.“For sure when you start the game, you try to keep always the right discipline. But in both situations you have to see very well if there was a red card or not.”Chelsea go into the derby showdown in good spirits after three successive league wins and a 6-0 Champions League demolition of Qarabag in midweek.Arsenal have endured a more turbulent start to the season, with defeats at Stoke and Liverpool piling pressure on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.Victories over Bournemouth and Cologne have done little to silence the fans, who claim Wenger is no longer the man for the job after 13 years without a league title.Conte sees it differently and expects Arsenal to mount a title challenge after the disappointment of last season’s fifth-place finish.– Pay attention –Arsenal’s defender Sead Kolasinac (C) scores during the English FA Community Shield football match against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 6, 2017“I think Arsenal is one of the six top teams in England. They have a really good squad to fight for the title in England for sure,” Conte said.“For this reason it is a massive game for us. When we play Arsenal it is always a massive game, the same as when we play City, United and Liverpool.”Arsenal played their Europa League tie on Thursday, giving Chelsea a potential advantage as they have been able to rest since their fixture on Tuesday.But Conte said: “I watched the game. Wenger rotated a lot of players, a lot of players are rested for the game against us. I don’t think it’s an advantage.”Conte will be without Danny Drinkwater after the England midfielder, a deadline-day signing from Leicester City, was ruled out for several weeks with a calf muscle injury.“It is very difficult to see him (returning) before the international break. He needs time to recover,” Conte said.“It’s a pity because he was starting to work and adapt himself to our idea of football.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (right) and Arsenal boss Arsene WengerLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 15 – Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea stars to keep their cool as they bid to avoid more red card misery against Arsenal.Conte’s side have lost their past two meetings with Arsenal in the FA Cup final and the Community Shield after having a player sent off in each encounter.last_img read more

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Enthusiasm equals success

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Antelopes’ strength is their solid singles players. Senior Hollie O’Brien, freshman Janell Hatland and junior Melisa Gruber are the top singles players, winners of seven of nine sets in the Knight match. Gruber went 3-0. Up from the JV team Dumas coached last season are sophomore Vanessa Castillo, junior Gina Gonzales and junior Ebony Hallman. All are making steady progress. Dumas said her primary focus is building for the future. Her goal is for several individuals to advance to the Southern Section playoffs next year. “It’s not necessarily about winning as much as it is about improving at this point,” she said. Dumas is emphasizing her players conduct themselves appropriately, and she takes the compliments she has received from parents at recent league matches as a testament to her team’s grasp of tennis etiquette. LANCASTER – Whatever Antelope Valley High’s girls’ tennis team lacks in tradition, it is trying to make up for it with enthusiasm. Players came up with a motto, “I love this team,” that typifies the upbeat attitude the perennially struggling program has adopted. “They yell it during practice, and even during matches sometimes,” first-year coach Traci Dumas said. “There’s a lot of excitement about the potential of this team.” Antelope Valley showed some of that potential in Thursday’s 10-8 Golden League victory over Knight. “It’s a big contrast to the typical reputation that A.V. tennis players have,” Dumas said. “I was really happy.” Winning combination: Highland’s No. 2 doubles team, junior Alex Ruiz and senior Kelly Manahan, has emerged among the league’s best. They were unbeaten in Thursday’s 13-5 loss to Quartz Hill. Ruiz’s and Manahan’s skills complement each other. Ruiz’s specialty is returning and hitting well-placed lob shots; Manahan is an effective net player. “Both are really strong players, and they play really well as a team,” said Highland coach Linda Ruiz, Alex’s mother. Private lessons: Antelope Valley senior Bridget Grover, one of the Antelopes’ top players in recent years, has decided not to play high school tennis this season. She is instead working with a private instructor. Gideon Rubin (818)713-3607 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more