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N'Golo Kante faces late fitness test ahead of Manchester United game

N'Golo Kante faces late fitness test ahead of Manchester United game

The pair clashed on Tuesday when the two sides met in the Champions League and with Manchester United winning 2-0 Benfica are all but out of the competition as they sit at the bottom of the group with zero points.

Conte added that the clash against second-placed United was a test of character for his men, as they look to reduce the gap between themselves and Jose Mourinho's side to one point ahead of next week's global break.

Matic completed his £40m move to Manchester United in July and Chelsea were widely criticised for sanctioning the sale. Chelsea, the reigning league champions, are now below United in the table, but host United as favorites, and no doubt last year's meeting has a lot to do with that.

"We know we're talking about an important player". "They are a good team, they're champions and it's going to be a hard game for us, but we also have our own qualities". That is one of the poorest decisions I have ever seen in the Premier League. "Sometimes I feel that I could or I should, but other times I cool down and I think that I shouldn't and I'm not going to do that".

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But rivals itching for the club to end their run will be wondering who Mourinho's team could slip up against in their upcoming matches at home.

Mourinho had told his Chelsea counterpart that his antics in whipping up the crowd during last season's 4-0 league victory were "humiliating" but Conte said he respected the Portuguese and expected the same in return.

"There is a lot of pressure around the game but obviously we will try to play our best football and come back to Manchester with three points".

When asked whether Sunday is already a must-win game, Conte replied: 'I think now there is a big problem for all the teams that want to fight for the title and this problem is Man City.