Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin had his say about Antonio Conte‘s main problem at Stamford Bridge. He claimed that the Blues’ defence has to improve in view of the next Premier League games.
“There is no hiding from the fact that losing 3-0 to Arsenal is a hard one to take for the manager, the players and of course the fans as well, – Nevin told Chelsea’s official website – It is particularly painful as Chelsea have had Arsenal under their spell for such a long time.”
“The magic wasn’t there at the Emirates and there is no option but to get back on the training ground and work out where the problems are stemming from.”
“It will not be an easy task for Antonio Conte, even if most people immediately look at the defence. When you have got into the habit of shipping goals when you didn’t used to (that is nine in four games during September) then the eyes are drawn in that direction. It is of course never that simple.”
Nevin added: “Gary Cahill knows who was at fault for the first goal against Arsenal, but what about midfielders shielding those defenders? How about strikers tracking back when a full-back runs off them and what about overall work-rate compared to the opposition? It can be one, all or a combination of the above reasons.”
“Personally, I do not think many players will have arguments about what Antonio Conte has to say this week. There have been problems, the players know this and it is his job to sort them out.”
“This could be the most difficult season for a while to gain a top-four finish in the Premier League – the Scottish ended – Even Manchester’s red team have embraced the fact you can’t have a Ferrari team without them having top-quality engines in this particular race.”