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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Chelsea's Conte wary of Arsenal ahead Community Shield match

In other Premier League-related news, Fernando pays tribute to Manchester City as he prepares for new chapter at Galatasaray.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte are hoping for a strong start to the new season. Alan Walter / Reuters
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte are hoping for a strong start to the new season. Alan Walter / Reuters

Manager Antonio Conte wants Chelsea to start the season with victory over Arsenal in Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley.

Games against Arsenal in part shaped Chelsea's Premier League title-winning season, when Conte revived the Blues from 10th the previous term.

Following last September's 3-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium, the Italian switched to a 3-4-3 formation and the Blues won 13 successive Premier League games.

The Premier League win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in February then provided impetus for the title run in.

But then Conte was denied the double in his first season as Blues boss when Arsenal won May's FA Cup final 2-1.

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"It was a pity to lose the game, to lose the FA Cup final against Arsenal after a really great season for us," Conte said. "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 plans to stick with the formation which served Chelsea so well last 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."

Eden Hazard (broken ankle) and Tiemoue Bakayoko (knee) are Chelsea's only injury absentees.

Victor Moses is available before his suspension in the Premier League opener with Burnley.

And striker Diego Costa remains in exile.

Richard Jolly's 2017/18 preview:

Team-by-team guide and top half predictions

Team-by-team guide and bottom half predictions

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Fernando leaves City for Galatasaray

Galatasaray have signed Brazilian midfielder Fernando from Manchester City on a three-year contract for a fee of €5.25 million (Dh22.7m), both clubs announced on Friday.

Fernando, who joined City from Porto in 2014 and made more than 100 appearances for the Manchester club, heads to Turkey after being used sparingly by manager Pep Guardiola last season.

"The club has looked after me incredibly well throughout my time here and I have enjoyed the challenge of playing for a top team in probably the world's toughest league," Fernando, 30, said. "The League Cup success of 2016 was a highlight for me and something I will never forget."

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