Chelsea face Manchester United in Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon, While Players and manager Antonio Conte looked in a good mood as they trained, Chelsea have already beaten United twice this season in league and FA Cup
If Chelsea’s players were feeling nervous for their clash with Manchester United on Sunday, they weren’t showing it in training.
There were plenty of smiles about at the Blues’ Cobham training facility, with Spanish duo Pedro and Marcos Alonso giving the camera a smile and thumbs up as they emerged from the changing room.
Manager Antonio Conte also looked in a good mood, and he even joined in at one stage, playing a composed low pass when under pressure from David Luiz – more than many Premier League forwards have managed this season.
All of Chelsea’s fit stars were in action, with Diego Costa practising his volleying as he looks to end a lean spell of goals, none in his last five club appearances.
There were also showings by the likes of John Terry, Nathan Ake and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, looking to impress Conte and earn returns to first team action.
Chelsea take on Manchester United, managed by former Blues boss Jose Mourinho, knowing they are five wins from the Premier League title.
Mourinho, however, has insisted he has ‘no emotion’ about taking on the team with who he won three Premier League titles, including two seasons ago.
He said: For me, it is just a game. One more game. No difference for me, not at all.
‘They are very objective in the counter-attack and they have individual players out of the context of the game that can also resolve the problems. So they are a very strong team.’
Conte meanwhile said he has nothing but respect for Mourinho, who he has beaten twice already this season at Stamford Bridge – 4-0 in the league, 1-0 in the FA Cup quarter final.
He said: ‘It’s only a sporting competition between him and me. There is a game of football. I want to try and win with my team. He wants to try and win with his team.
‘It’s normal to be a conflict during the game, but only a sporting conflict. He won a lot with this team and this club has always showed him great respect for his past. We have great respect for his history at this club.’