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Boss delighted with fightback

21 Sep

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has praised the character in his side as they fought back to defeat Leicester 4-2 in the EFL Cup.

Chelsea: Boss delighted with fightbackChelsea: Boss delighted with fightback

Cesc Fabregas scored twice in extra time to cap the visitors’ recovery in the third-round clash as they won 4-2, having fallen 2-0 down inside 35 minutes.

Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta cancelled out Shinji Okazaki’s brace in normal time before Leicester defender Marcin Wasilewski was sent off for a second booking in the 89th minute.

Chelsea were poor defensively as both Cahill and David Luiz struggled, but the visitors deserved victory after Diego Costa was introduced as a second-half substitute.

The striker should have scored in normal time but curled wide and was involved in the build-up to Fabregas’ first as well as being fouled by Wasilewski, who collected his second yellow.

Conte said: “This is a typical English game because after 30 minutes you are 2-0 down and then you have a good reaction to score four goals. If you ask me if I am happy for the two goals conceded, I am not happy, but I saw a good reaction from all of my players.

“This is very important because it showed the will to win and to go into the next round. It wasn’t easy after 2-0 and after a defeat in the last game in the Premier League (2-1 to Liverpool).”

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