It won't be possible to fight for the title, says Chelsea's Conte

Steve Mounie celebrating his goal against Brighton

"We got a big boost from the performance at Manchester City, that was something we could talk about positively, and we do have the players to threaten in attack once we get the back end sorted out", he said.

"To speak about the title race after a defeat is a bit unusual, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season, after 16 games". After 16 games, if you lose four games your title race never started.

"It means you are not in title race". When you have this task, it is impossible to think that you are in the title race. You can lose (only) once or twice. You have to change, to do our best in this season.

"Then when you lose to Crystal Palace, who were bottom, and West Ham, who are in a bad position, you can lose points in these games but it means you are not in the title race". "[At the start of the season] I said it well be very tough, very hard".

Conte attributed Chelsea's slow start at the London Stadium to fatigue as a frantic December fixture list takes it toll.

The former Juventus coach was aware that his squad needed to be strengthened this summer due to the extra demands they would face this season, and as Tiémoué Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta put in sub standard displays today, it is easy to see why the Italian was so furious at missing out on a host of his first-choice transfer targets.

With less than half of the season played, Chelsea have already lost four matches this season - only one fewer than they lost in the whole of their title-winning campaign a year ago.

"We started badly and conceded this goal and it was hard to come back".

"But City found a way to score".

"Today our ideas were not so clear and in the final pass we made a lot of mistakes". Now we are talking about a defeat. We created chances to score but we didn't take them. However, the last two Premier League Champions, both Chelsea and Leicester clearly had a massive advantage over their title rivals by not having to play in European Competition.



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