Conte Laments Chelsea Defeat To Liverpool, Defends Late Subs

Conte Laments Chelsea Defeat To Liverpool, Defends Late Subs

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has lamented his side’s 2-1 home loss to Liverpool in Friday’s English Premier League clash.

Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson gave Liverpool a 2-0 first half lead before Diego Costa got a goal back for Chelsea.

Reacting to the outcome of the encounter, Conte blamed his side for gifting Liverpool with the chances that led to the goals.

“In the first half I must be honest, I think we gave away two goals,” Conte said in his post-match interview.

“When you give away two goals in this way, it’s very difficult. Liverpool are a good team and these are tough games.

“You must pay attention… in every second. The details make the difference and in this case we paid a lot.”

Conte gave reasons for introducing the trio of Victor Moses, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas late in the game.

“In other games we scored late goals, for this reason I waited and then changed three players. I wanted to change one central midfielder and to put two wingers on. The change could be also Batshuayi and not Moses or Pedro.”

The former Italy national team boss however played down the home defeat being his first of the season while reflecting on Chelsea’s poor season last term.

“It’s not important if this defeat is my first. It’s our defeat. There are the players, the manager, the staff,” Conte added.

“Every single game is very tough. We mustn’t forget last season. Last season was a bad season. I don’t want to repeat last season.

“When you finish a season in 10th, there is something strange. It means you have to work hard to improve.

“This season the manager and players must take responsibility. We win together, we lose together. It’s important to understand.

“We must feel the danger in every single moment of the game if we want to win like a great team.”

And on the non-availability of John Terry, Conte said: “I don’t know. He has an injury to his ankle. I don’t know exactly the time for his recovery.

“We missed his organisations in this situation – free-kick, throw-in, we must pay attention.”

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