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Cahill: Arsenal won't like facing Chelsea

2017-12-21 14:03
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Cape Town - Chelsea defender Gary Cahill doesn't think Arsenal will have the psychological advantage in the League Cup, despite their recent success against the Blues.

Antonio Conte's side clinched a spot in the semi-finals of the League Cup after beating Bournemouth 2-1 on Wednesday and will now face the Gunners in the final four.

Arsenal have enjoyed favourable results against Chelsea in recent meetings, losing only once in their last five clashes, and beat them in the FA Cup final last season.

When asked if he thought Arsenal have the edge, Cahill told Standard Sport: "No, not at all. I have had good and bad times against them. 

"They've done very well against us lately, especially at Wembley but if I put myself in the Arsenal camp, I don't think it's ideal for them to play us over two legs. 

"Do the recent results against them give us extra motivation? Yes. Obviously there was the FA Cup Final last season and they got one over us there. 

"But if you look at what's happened over the last 10-15 matches between us, we have had good games too.

"We have played Arsenal many times and we know what to expect. The first leg is at home and that will be massively important. These are two big teams going at it.

"We know it will be a tough test. You expect to see big teams in the semi-finals of cup competitions, even though clubs change their sides up. 

"You still expect the big teams to have enough to get through and that's what's happened with our semi-final."

 

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