Published: Sun, December 10, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Chelsea Title Challenge Impossible After West Ham Loss: Conte

Chelsea Title Challenge Impossible After West Ham Loss: Conte

Antonio Conte was left disappointed with his team's performance against West Ham.

Antonio Conte was bullish after Chelsea's loss to West Ham United, and while most people focused on the fact he claimed the title challenge didn't even get started this season, he also spoke about midfielder Bakayoko and claimed that Pedro replaced him for tactical reasons.

The Blues visited the London Stadium only four days after securing a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League to book a place in the last 16 as runners-up behind AS Roma.

"Bakayoko was playing a good game, but when you find 11 players behind the ball and losing 1-0 it's important to change something, to find a different solution". Bakayoko had a poor first-halfTiemoue Bakayoko joined Chelsea from Monaco in the summer.

But Blues boss Conte insists the 23-year-old performed well before he was taken off.

"He satisfied me with his performance". Although if Danny Drinkwater was available for the match, the Englishman may have got the nod.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte may be having a negative effect on his players due to his constant grumblings about their congested fixture list and the squad's exhausted legs, according to Phil Neville.

"It was a tactical decision".

"To talk about the title race after a defeat I think is a bit unusual", Conte told reporters in his post-match news conference.

If you want to stay in the race for the title in the first part of the season you can only lose once or twice. In 16 games and to lose four, it means that a target must be another.

His downcast appearance was in stark contrast to his West Ham counterpart David Moyes, who saw his players succeed in holding onto a 1-0 lead unlike last weekend when they allowed Manchester City to come back and win 2-1.

"We have to consider that this is the fourth game we've lost in 16 games", said Conte.

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