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Chelsea take on Reds with no excuses: Conte

By Matt McGeehan

Antonio Conte and his Chelsea players may have been "scared" and "afraid" during a turbulent flight to London, but he is offering no "excuses" ahead of this evening's clash with Liverpool.

Chelsea's return from their Champions League win at Qarabag was complicated as the aeroplane landed at the second attempt - the first was aborted due to strong winds at Gatwick - and Conte and his players finally got to their beds at 6am.

But the Italian is refusing to allow anything to distract from the task at hand today.

"It was a problem to land. In these circumstances you feel a bit afraid, a bit scared," he said.

"To get to your house at 6am is not simple. To have only one day to prepare for a big game, especially to have only one day to rest, is not right. But at the same time we must be focused, it's a big game against Liverpool. Don't find excuses."

Chelsea head into the game which will feature a reunion with a "very dangerous" Mohamed Salah.

Salah joined Chelsea in January 2014, having impressed playing against them for Swiss side Basel. But the Egypt forward was soon loaned out to Fiorentina and then Roma, making the latter move permanent in 2016 before joining Liverpool last summer.

Conte said: "He was very young and I think now he has developed a lot.

"Salah is a good player and is very dangerous. He's a technical player, but at the same time is very fast and very strong."

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