Conte reveals whether he wants to face Lukaku on Wednesday

Chelsea and Tottenham will battle it out in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal fixture on Wednesday.

One of the talking points ahead of the game is whether star striker Romelu Lukaku will feature in that game, after he was dropped for the Premier League clash against Liverpool.

Speaking ahead of the game on Wednesday, the Tottenham Hotspur boss who managed Lukaku at Inter was asked about the Belgian.

When asked about Lukaku’s potential absence against Spurs, Conte said: “I think it’s always a good thing to play against a team that have all their players available.

“I think that for the people who watch the game, it’s good to see the best players on the pitch.”

Asked if he felt sorry for the criticism Lukaku has received, Conte replied: “Honestly, I’d like to not speak about Romelu.

“Because Romelu is now a player from another team. I think it would be disrespectful to speak about him and about Chelsea.”

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