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Conte admits Chelsea are out of title race

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has stated that his side no longer have any chance of regaining their Premier League title, after his side slipped to a disappointing 1-0 to West Ham at the Olympic stadium earlier today.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Conte said:

“We have to consider that this is the fourth game that we have lost after 16 games,” Conte told Sky Sports.

“When you lose four games, in my previous experience, it tells me that’s it’s impossible to stay and fight for the title.

“In 16 games, to lose four games, it means the target must be another.”

On the game itself, Conte insisted that his side’s tough schedule was behind the lacklustre performance.

“When you lose a game you must be disappointed. It is normal.

“I think today I saw the same game against Manchester City – West Ham. Our start was bad but today we played a bit tired.

“To face one game every two games always with the same players is very difficult. And we have just started this period.

“You have to move the ball quickly. But I repeat, we saw today a bit of tiredness in my players, especially in the last pass, we did a lot of mistakes.

“We must be disappointed. I repeat, we create many chances but were not able to score. We have to go and to play game by game, to be focussed.

“Don’t forget in this league it is very difficult. There are six top teams and four go to Champions League. We have to fight and do our best.”

Chelsea remain 11 points behind league leaders Manchester City with Pep Guardiola’s side having played one game less.

Conte’s side started todays game sluggishly and conceded an early goal when Marko Arnautovic curled home from the edge of the area.

 

 

Chelsea pushed hard to try and find an equaliser, but their performance was nowhere near the levels it has been in recent weeks, and they cannot complain too much about the result.

It now seems The Blues best of chance of silverware this season will come in either the Champions League, EFL Cup or FA Cup.

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