Antonio Conte believes Chelsea are a major force because his players have the mental toughness to cope with any setback.

Chelsea take on Arsenal this Sunday knowing they lost to their London rivals in the FA Cup Final in May and in the Community Shield three months later.

The 2-1 defeat in the FA Cup Final was particularly painful as they missed out on winning the Double for only the second time in their history.

But the club demonstrated during their title winning campaign an ability to bounce back from adversity and they have already shown it this season having won four straight games after a shock loss to Burnley on the opening day.

Conte feels this is an attribute seen in all the top teams. When asked if the best sides are driven by the kind of disappointment Chelsea suffered against Arsenal, he said: “Yes. I think that.

“I always see a good mentality from my players. When there is a defeat, remember after a bad start to the season, the Burnley defeat, I had a good answer from my players. This showed great mentality from my players.”

Conte still remembers the controversial nature of Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup Final.

Arsenal took an early lead through Alexis Sanchez, but the goal was given despite the Chile international handling the ball in the build-up.

Victor Moses was sent off in the second half for two yellow card offences and while Diego Costa equalised, Aaron Ramsey got the winner.

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Tiemoue Bakayoko and David Luiz of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Eden Hazard, Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Jake Clarke-Salter and Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Cesc Fabregas, Michy Batshuayi, Gary Cahill and Davide Zappacosta of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on September 14, 2017 in Cobham

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Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Eden Hazard, Antonio Rudiger and Victor Moses of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Antonio Rudiger, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Victor Moses and Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Antonio Rudiger and Victor Moses of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Eden Hazard, Antonio Rudiger and Victor Moses of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on September 14, 2017 in Cobham

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Michy Batshuayi, Gary Cahill of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on September 14, 2017 in Cobham

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Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on September 14, 2017 in Cobham

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Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Antonio Rudiger, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham

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Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham, England

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Eden Hazard, Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on September 14, 2017 in Cobham

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Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on September 14, 2017 in Cobham

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David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on September 14, 2017 in Cobham

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Some observers see Sunday’s League game as a chance for Chelsea to get revenge, but Conte is downplaying such rhetoric.

He added: “You know very well that in a single game anything can happen especially if you face a strong team. In this case we played against Arsenal, that is one of the six top teams in England. 

“I remember very well that game, we were also a bit … unlucky. If you remember the first goal was very strange. I am sure that this goal was (should have been) disallowed, instead we started the game 1-0 down. 

“Then we tried to change the game, then a red card, with 10 men we drew, but then we concede another goal. 

“When you lose there is always disappointment, but I think last season was a great season for us, a big achievement (to win the title).”

Source: https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/antonio-conte-praises-the-great-mentality-of-his-chelsea-players-ahead-of-arsenal-clash-a3636321.html