Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that he views one of his side’s biggest weaknesses as being unable to ‘manage’ games, such as the win at Leicester City at the weekend.
The Blues won 2-1 against the Foxes, but suffered a bit of a scare as Jamie Vardy pulled a goal back to reduce the deficit, with the Blues initially looking comfortable at 2-0 up.
Conte believes Chelsea aren’t that adept that riding out those situations, so says he tries to get his players to continue to press on and add to their lead, instead of sitting back and soaking up pressure.
Chelsea were highly convincing Premier League champions last season, but Conte was vocal about the need to strengthen his squad in the summer transfer window.
Speaking now, the Italian also seems to think his team could be better at taking control of games, rather than relying on a fast-paced and tiring approach throughout.
‘Our style of football is always like this, to push from the start to the end,’ Conte explained.
‘We are not good at managing a game and for this reason I prefer to continue to press. Against Leicester it was the same.
Chelsea 2017/18 Fixtures
Arsenal (H) – Sun 17 Sep
Nottingham Forest – League Cup (H) – Tue 19 Sep
Stoke City (A) – Sat 23 Sep
Atletico Madrid – Champions League (A) – Wed 27 Sep
Man City (H) – Sat 30 Sep
Crystal Palace (A) – Sat 14 Oct
Roma – Champions League (H) – Wed 18 Oct
‘After (it went to) 2-1 I decided to make offensive substitutions with (Eden) Hazard and Willian and try to score the third goal, instead of waiting, dropping and risking.’
Chelsea got off to a bad start this season with a shock 3-2 home defeat to Burnley on the opening day, but have since won four in a row, including last night’s 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag in the Champions League.
The champions host Arsenal next in the league, with the Gunners visiting Stamford Bridge for the 1.30pm kickoff on Sunday.