Stamford Bridge — London
Referee: M. Atkinson
“It’s different when teams come here because they just want to defend and don’t want to lose,” Ba told Chelsea TV. “When we go away, the opponents always look to take their chances and they think they can win at home. That’s why the games are always more open when we play away, but at home we need to get back to winning ways.
“We had some good moments against Southampton, but some bad ones as well. They were lucky to only go in at half-time 2-0 down because it could have been more, but we need to finish all the chances we have and put the ball in the back of the net.
“At the end of the day, though, we conceded two goals, and went back home with only a point. Southampton came back and we let them believe they could get something from the game and they took their chance.”
Benitez for the Official site of Chelsea
‘It is good, after a draw at home, to have this opportunity now of this top side coming,’ says Benitez.
‘It is good for us because we have extra motivation and everybody will be really focused. The atmosphere is a little different when you play a big game. If you are in a top side you are really pleased for this type of games, especially if you play for something. We are talking now about a top-four position and see what happens.
“Maybe we need to be a bit more physical. When the referees see our team sheet they say: ‘Oh, Arsenal – fantastic’,” he told reporters. “We have physical players, but maybe have to restructure the balance of the team. We have the characters to do it. We have technical players but we also have physical players.”
“This season, we are in a position where the game is very important again. We are not far from them, so we have the opportunity to close the gap between them and us.
Chelsea: Terry (doubt – match fitness), Romeu (knee), Mikel, Moses (international duty)
Arsenal: Arteta, Rosicky (both calf),Gervinho (international duty), Fabianski (ankle)
Chelsea probable lineup : Cech, Azpilicueta, Iva, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Torres.
Arsenal probable lineup : Szczesny;Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs;Wilshere, Diaby;Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski;Walcott
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