Antonio Conte has said Chelsea’s title defence is as good as over following Saturday’s shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham United.
The loss could possibly see Chelsea, 14 points behind the leaders Man City who travel to rivals Man United on Sunday. This was Chelsea’s fourth loss of the season after 16 games which sees the manager effectively give up on their title defence.
Marko Arnautovic struck as early as they sixth minute for West Ham as they held on for a very massive victory which gave new manager David Moyes his first victory since taking over from Slaven Bilic.
“To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange” Conte said. “Especially if this the fourth defeat in 16 games. When you have this start it is impossible to think you are in the title race. Manchester City are having a fantastic season and if you want to stay in the title race you must give consistency and this is not the case with us”
The manager further explained the reason for the side’s stuttering start to the season, which he believes is due to their European engagements this season unlike last season last season when they were out of Europe all together.
Conte was left frustrated by the club’s inability to bring in required targets during the summer transfer window, as he always believed they needed a larger squad to complete on all fronts.
Up next for Chelsea is a midweek trip to Huddersfield as they look for an instant response.