Conte on Arsenal draw: The last game was more open

Joe Williams

Antonio Conte thinks Chelsea and Arsenal’s league match last week was “more open” than their 0-0 draw in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.

The two London sides played out a 2-2 draw on January 3 in an enthralling encounter but neither side could break the deadlock tonight as they drew in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.

Conte was asked about appearing to call for the use of VAR late on when Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas went to ground inside the box, he replied: “I think when there are situations you have doubt about, you have to check. But at the same time if you check in extra time you have to consider this.

“For me, it is the only disappointment about extra time because I think in the second half the doctor went on the pitch twice and the referee stopped to listen to VAR and you are to give more minutes in extra time.

“In Italy extra time is sometimes seven, eight or nine minutes. At the same time I think it is right to have the possibility to have this in today’s game.

“It is important in every game to try to win. We tried with all our strength to win the game. We created chances to score but a few times we were not so clinical.

“Every game is different. Compare this game with the last and Arsenal were very different. They stayed very deep in this game and tried to exploit the coutner attack. The last game was more open.”