Chelsea U23 will be away to Arsenal this afternoon, and U23 coach Adi Viveash is looking for a win against the young Gunners.
The manager will be without three key players – Fankaty Dabo, Jay Dasilva and Fikayo Tomori, who have all gone out on loan, but he has urged the team to go for a win.
“We hope the win at Leicester has given us confidence because we’re going to have to produce an even better performance to get a result at Arsenal,” the manager says. “We have the added incentive in the next couple of games because Arsenal and Reading are the only teams to have beaten us in the league and we don’t want anybody to do the double over us. That adds a bit more spice to the game because they’ll be desperate to do it.
“I think Arsenal are the best team we’ve played in the league this season and that’s not just because we lost to them. They were fantastic with the ball when we played them at Stamford Bridge and we were forced to play second fiddle for long periods. They’ve got some outstanding individual players and play a lot of forwards so it will be an entertaining match.
“It’s certainly difficult to keep a clean sheet against them because of the numbers they get forward but we have to try to counteract that by exposing those spaces they leave behind. It will be an interesting challenge tactically, technically and also physically because they have got stronger in that area in recent years. It’s always exciting for the boys to play Arsenal and in a lot of ways they are still the benchmark for us. They haven’t been in this division for three years and we’ve missed these games.”