Conte
Conte

ANTONIO CONTE admits the potential for crowd trouble at the London Stadium tonight will not stop him whipping up Chelsea fans.

Conte was accused of “humiliating” Jose Mourinho by urging Blues supporters to show more passion during Manchester United’s 4-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

But the Italian has told Slaven Bilic he will not be toning down his touchline antics for the first big test of security at West Ham’s new home.

And he wants Chelsea fans just as fired up as him for what could be an explosive EFL Cup fourth round tie between two London rivals.

Asked whether he would be more subdued tonight, Conte, said: “My way of living the game is always the same. I like to play the game with my players.

“Other coaches stay seated. For me it’s impossible. I live the game with great emotion and great passion. I am a passionate man but I always show respect for the opponent.

“My message to the fans is I always appreciated a lot the behaviour of our fans when we played away. In every single moment.

“They are always behind us. This is very important. I want this. Our fans if they want we can play with 12 players.

“I hope to see a good atmosphere. I know these two teams are big rivals but in England the atmosphere is fantastic during the match and I hope to see this.

“Sometimes I’d like to be a manager who stays seated. But it’s very difficult for me. I want to help my players. I stay there to support them.

“If we win or lose we are always together. I am exhausted at the end of every game.”

West Ham have beefed up security after a series of violent incidents this season and have vowed to take a zero tolerance policy with troublemakers.

But while extra police and stewards will be on duty, there will be NO pre-match segregation, and police will NOT deploy inside the ground unless there is trouble.

Chelsea’s travelling army of almost 5,200 fans have been urged to arrive early because enhanced body searches could delay entry to the ground.

There will be a booze ban outside the venue and a “safety cordon” will be in place after the match, when all bars will shut. Local pubs have been asked to close between 6-8pm.


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