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Antonio Conte is convinced that Chelsea couldn’t perform against West Ham today because his players were tired after an intense period of games:

“Maybe today many players were tired,” he told Sky Sports after the defeat against Hammers.

“Also because we made a lot of mistakes in the final decision, important decision and it means we are a bit tired.

“But when you play every game in two days almost always with the same players, it can happen.’



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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was clearly disappointed after the Blues defeat at West Ham, admitting his side was poor in this afternoon clash:

“I thought we were miles off it from the start of the game. We allowed them to get the early goal which was a poor goal to concede on our behalf because we’ve been tight at the back of late,” Cahill told Sky Sports.

“We tried to get back into the game but that laboured start carried on throughout the game. We just didn’t play our stuff. They got the ball and then sat behind the ball, trying to hit us on the break.

“It’s frustrating in terms of wasting a bit of time, which was clever play from them, but we weren’t at the races today for whatever reason. It’s very disappointing to come off and feel like that.

“There was no lack of effort there, that’s not the case, it’s just that things weren’t going for us. The passing was off, we didn’t create as much as we have been doing for whatever reason. It’s disappointing because we had a chance and to give up chances like that can hurt you.”

It was the second game in five days for Chelsea after their 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in Champions League last Tuesday, but Cahill refused to use that as a reason for the performance in a match he felt they had to win.

“I’m one to sit here and make excuses. The fact is we’ve got loads of games, we played in the Champions League and get the early kick off on Saturday, and they’re the facts, that’s what is happening.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was very frustrated this afternoon after his team’s defeat vs West Ham.

According to Conte himself it’s impossible for the Blues to think to confirm their Premier League title and their goal is now to finish in the top four of the table.

This is the fourth defeat in 16 games. When you have these stats it’s impossible to think you are in the title race. If you want to stay in the race for the title in the first part of the season you can only lose once or twice.” – Conte said – “Today it was very difficult, our start was bad and it was difficult to come back. We created chances but didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat. Many of the players were tired. It’s normal. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are playing almost always. Today our ideas were not so clear. We made a lot of mistakes from the final pass. We can do better.”


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On Sunday, Manchester United will face Manchester City at Old Trafford and Chelsea and the Blues manager Antonio Conte hope to narrow the gap with Pep Guardiola‘s side.

During his press conference ahead of Chelsea game vs West Ham, Conte tried to predict the result of the Manchester derby.

It’s very difficult to see two defeats in a row for a great team, it’s very difficult,” – Conte said about Manchester City – “Usually, it’s very difficult to see two defeats in a great team from my experience, but at the same time, Manchester United can beat Manchester City. ‘It was better if Manchester City didn’t lose the game against Shakhtar for these stats. For sure I’ll watch the game, I love football, I love to watch this type of game,’ said Conte. ‘For sure it will be a big game, both teams are very strong, very good, maybe the best in this league, for this reason I think it’ll be right to watch this game.”





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A very disappointed Antonio Conte spoke to the press after the 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace today, the second in a row after the one against Manchester City two weeks ago:

“Today was a difficult game for us. Our start was poor,” the Chelsea boss said after the game.

“We had to start with more personality.

“Despite this we have to find the will to fight.

“This season we have to put 150 per cent because it will be difficult.

“Balance is very important if you want to win, and today our balance was poor.

“They played with great intensity and will to fight.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admitted his team will struggle to retain the Premier League title this year.

Having fell down to 4th position in the table with 13 points,  behind leading duo Manchester City and Manchester United after Saturday’s defeat against Pep Guardiola‘s side, the Italian manager claimed he had an easier job when managing Juventus to hold the title in Serie A:

“It is very difficult for every team in this league. To defend, it is very difficult to win two titles in a row.

”We won the title with Juventus and I was expecting a really strong challenge from AC Milan, but instead they sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris St Germain, so they became weaker. It wasn’t simple second time, but it was easier.

“Here, from last season to this season, you have big teams and now they are bigger… And now after I think a great transfer market, they have improved a lot. It’s not simple to play this league.”

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Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas speaks after the defeat against Manchester City, explaining what happened and claiming the team struggled to face three tough games in just seven days:

“The truth is we knew it would be a difficult week, starting with the trip to Stoke last Saturday which as we know is always a complicated task.

“Then there was the trip to Atletico Madrid, arriving back early the next morning at 5am on Thursday, with practically only one day to prepare for the match.

“We faced a City team who came well prepared. They had home games and one extra day of rest. We are making no excuses but it was a difficult week and we have competed. We gave it everything and could not have done anything more.”

Speaking about the title race and Manchester City, the Spanih midifleder said:

“They are a great team. We know that. They had won their last two games, much in the same manner that we did, so congratulations to them.

“This was without a doubt the same Chelsea of last season, but what happened was that we came up against a City side who went into the game much better rested than we did. Nothing more.

“This time last year we were eight points behind, but it doesn’t mean anything. There is still a long way to go in all competitions.”

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Antonio Conte was clearly disappointed after Manchester City defeat but, at the same time, he claimed his team and him had no regrets as they left everything on the pitch tonight:

“For sure there is disappointment for me, for my players and for the result but at the same time we gave everything,” said the Italian manager after the final whistle.

“I must be proud to be the coach of these players because, you can win or lose the game, but when you finish the game and you know your team gave everything you must be happy.”

Conte also declared that the quality of the opposition should be taken into account with Manchester City impressing hugely so far this season:

“In this case you must consider your opponent.

“I think Manchester City is a really strong team and they were very good last season.

“This season I think they are stronger than last season. When you play this type of game – a massive game – anything can happen.”



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Alvaro Morata limped off the pitch after 35 minutes today with what seemed to be a hamstring injury, leaving Chelsea fans concerned.

The Spanish striker scored 6 Premier League goals and one in Champions League so far in this season, and his absence would be a huge blow for the team.

But after the game Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wanted to calm all the ones concerned for Morata’s conditions, claiming the injury seems not so serious:

“I hope it is not a serious injury for Morata,” the Italian manager said after the match.

“It is his hamstring but we don’t know if it is a serious problem.

“When you lose this type of player it is not simple,” Conte continued.

“When you play three massive games in only seven games you must consider this, it can happen a muscular problem, but I do not think it is serious.

“Alvaro stopped before it became a serious injury.”


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