Conte says Huddersfield result ‘very difficult to explain’

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is struggling to understand how his side failed to beat Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The Blues dominated the game from start to finish and had 22 shots on goal, but the best they could do was draw 1-1 with David Wagner’s Terriers.

Chelsea’s failure to pick up all three points brought to an end their four game winning running, their best run of form in 2018, and was a hammer blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four.

Speaking to the press after the game Conte clearly felt his side deserved more for their performance.

“It’s very difficult to explain the draw today because when you have 82% possession, and create many chances, concede only counter-attack, and draw the game… it’s very difficult to explain,” said the Italian.

“But we must accept the result. We must accept staying fifth in the table. But it’s a pity because, also today, I saw a fantastic commitment from my players.

“They tried to get three points. But they weren’t able to score one goal more than our opponent. Football is simple. If you want to win, you have to score one goal more than your opponent. We weren’t able to do this.”

Even if Chelsea win their final Premier League fixture against Newcastle next week they are reliant on Liverpool losing at Anfield to Brighton if they are to finish in the top four and qualify for next seasons Champions League.

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