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The month might just be 11 days old, but Chelsea have already played Arsenal twice, and on the 24th, both teams will meet at the Emirates Stadium for the second leg of the Carabao Cup game.

After the goalless draw at Stamford Bridge last night, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte talked about how strange it was to play his derby rivals so often.

Conte said: “To play Arsenal three times in only three weeks is very strange. For us it’s simple to prepare for the game because you know the team and the way they are playing.

“When you reach quarter-finals and semi-finals in England you must be prepared to face big teams, in this case we’ve had to play Arsenal in the league and the Carabao Cup.”

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