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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Chelsea urged by Antonio Conte to show their 'strength' against Manchester United

Premier League champions go into Sunday's game on the back of a chastening loss to Roma in the Uefa Champions League.

Antonio Conte wants his Chelsea side to show some fight after their disappointing loss to Roma. Ettore Ferrari / ANSA via AP
Antonio Conte wants his Chelsea side to show some fight after their disappointing loss to Roma. Ettore Ferrari / ANSA via AP

Chelsea must find the strength to beat Premier League rivals Manchester United on Sunday and get their season back on track, manager Antonio Conte has said.

The champions are fourth after an underwhelming start to the campaign, with three defeats in their opening 10 games, and sit nine points behind leaders Manchester City and four behind second-placed United.

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Chelsea suffered their first loss in the Uefa Champions League this season with a 3-0 defeat at Roma that dropped them to second place in their group.

It also marked their third defeat in their last seven games in all competitions.

Conte told the club's website they had no time to feel sorry for themselves.

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"Now there is another big game against Manchester United and we must find the strength to try to put all of ourselves on the pitch during the game," he said.

"Now we need to work together and understand that this season we have to dig deep, very deep, if we want to be competitive in all competitions."

Chelsea have not lost a home league game against United since 2012 and won last year's corresponding fixture 4-0.