EPL: Every game will be very tough from now- Conte
After watching his side lose at home yesterday for the first time since September against Crystal Palace, Antonio Conte said he felt his team should have at least played a draw
Chelsea took an early lead through a goal by Cesc Fabregas, but the Blues could not hold on to it until the end as goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke, turned the contest on its head. Which made the game end 1-2 in favor of Crystal Palace
Though the Blues fought very hard but Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was so active and saved his team from all attempts from the blues. Part of his great save was the attempt from both Hazard and Diego Costa before the break.
The Blues were unable to make the most of the opportunities came their way despite dominating the second half of the game.
The Blues manager Antonio Conte said he thought his team deserved at least a draw.
‘I think today we deserved at least a draw,’ said Conte. ‘I don’t want to say a win, but at least a draw. We created many chances to score, we dominated the game against a very strong team with really good players. It’s a pity but it wasn’t our day.’ Said Conte.
Meanwhile, when he was asked whether he felt a penalty should have been awarded in favor of his club, he simply replied saying the referee decision must be accepted.
Conte said: ‘Honestly, at the moment I haven’t seen it. For sure there was something but it’s right to accept the decision of the referee.’
Talking on Pedro starting the game at right wing-back due to the absence of Victor Moses, he said: ‘Victor Moses is an important player because he’s having a great season but Pedro played very well in that wing-back position. As wingers, they are very offensive and that showed we wanted to play our football. Pedro had a very good game.’
Conte admitted that the Blues next home match against Manchester City on Wednesday is going to be tough but says the most important thing now is to rest.
‘We have to play on Wednesday against Man City and we all know the strength of their team, but for now the most important thing is to rest and recover well. We must prepare in the right way.
‘Every game will be very tough from now until the end, whether the opponent is Man City or a team fighting near the relegation zone.
‘For you (the media) it’s a good result because it makes the championship more interesting, but I always said the league is finished when mathematically you have won it, otherwise you must play every game to try to win because in England there are no easy matches.’ He said.
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