Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has today opened up on his side’s patchy form this season, following their loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Since having fallen to a shock opening day defeat at home to Burnley, the Blues looked to have turned things around with a run of 7 wins from 8 in all competitions, including impressive victories over the likes of Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.
However, the capital outfit have suffered defeat in their last two Premier League fixtures, a 1-0 loss versus rivals Manchester City at Stamford Bridge before the international break, and a surprise defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, who had previously been winless in the league this season, at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Off the pace
This means that, despite only 8 fixtures having been played in the Premier League so far this season, Chelsea have already fallen a full 9 points behind Pep Guardiola’s table-topping Manchester City.
Even at such an early point in the campaign, the champions look a long-shot to retain their crown, with Antonio Conte having today laid out what his side needs to do to get their season back on track.
Turning things around
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, the Italian tactician explained:
‘We have to find the strength to overcome this moment. I know my squad and my players very well. I have players with great will to work and to fight.’
‘We must be unhappy after a defeat, above all if the defeat is not one but two in a row. This is not a positive moment for many reasons. We are playing without important players and every game we are having a new injury, but I trust all my players and I try to give everyone the opportunity to take their chance.’
‘Every season is different. Last season we didn’t play in the Champions League or Europa League. This season we are facing four competitions. We are having a few problems to do this because when you have three or four injuries you are in trouble.’
‘This season we have to try to build something important for the future, to give possibilities to the new players to get more experience in this league, and to give opportunities to the young players to show they deserve to stay and play for Chelsea. We must have patience this season. It won’t be easy.’