Antonio Conte says Chelseaâ€™s Premier League clash with Arsenal should go ahead on Sunday despite an explosive device being detonated on a tube train near the clubâ€™s west London stadium.
At least 22 people were injured after a bomb exploded on a packed London Underground train during the morning rush hour on Friday in what police are treating as a â€œterrorist incidentâ€.
Witnesses reported seeing a â€œwall of fireâ€ and passengers with facial burns at Parsons Green station in west London after the explosion.
Parsons Green is only a short distance from Chelseaâ€™s Stamford Bridge home.
But Chelsea manager Conte believes it is important for the Premier League champions to play Arsenal if possible to prove that terrorists canâ€™t disrupt the fabric of society.
â€œIâ€™d like to say all our thoughts are for the people affected in the incident on the tube,â€ Conte told a press conference at Chelseaâ€™s Cobham training ground on Friday.
â€œFor sure this type of situation is very dangerous, your mind goes to the people in this situation.
â€œI think we have to try to think only to play the game. This is the best way.
â€œWe have to continue, to show we are stronger than them (the terrorists).â€
The Premier League have given no indication that they are considering cancelling the match, while a Chelsea spokesman encouraged fans to arrive at the stadium earlier than usual due to a likely increase in security checks.
â€œFor sure there is great disappointment about this (incident). A lot of the time it is very difficult to understand why (it happens),â€ Conte said.
â€œI remember when I was the Italy coach, there was a terrorist attack and we had to play against Belgium.
â€œIn this case it is important to continue.â€