Chelsea FC manager not sure if Blues can retain Premier League title
Antonio Conte dismayed after poor performance at Selhurst Park and calls for his Chelsea team to work harder
October 16th, 2017
Last season, we saw Antonio Conte supposedly under pressure after early season defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal, only for Chelsea to embark on a winning run which catapulted them up the Premier League table and they became champions relatively comfortably.
However, it currently looks like being a “difficult second season” for the Italian who saw his team outplayed by Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Conte admitting that the squad have to find lots of improvement in order for this campaign to be another successful one.
Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante were notable absentees on Saturday and Conte claims that he has a markedly different squad to last season which needs to start raising performance levels.
“We mustn’t be happy,” Conte said. “This season will be very difficult for us. For this reason we have to put 150% in; 100% won’t be enough. I have players with a great will to work and fight. For sure we have to find the strength to overcome this moment. Everyone can see our situation.
“I think every season is different. Last season is the past. Now it is another squad, different players and for this reason if we compare last season we didn’t play Europa League or Champions League. This season we are facing four competitions and we are having a few problems doing this. When you have a few injuries, you are in trouble.
“You know very well the potential of the other teams but it is important for us to look at ourselves,” he said.
“This season will be difficult but also we have to understand we have to try to build something important for the future, to give the opportunity to the new players to have more experience in this league, to give the opportunity to young players to show they deserve to stay and play for Chelsea. We must have patience this season to understand it won’t be easy.”