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Conte Claims “Unlucky” Chelsea Deserved Draw Vs United, Fears For Top Four Place

Conte Claims “Unlucky” Chelsea Deserved Draw Vs United, Fears For Top Four Place

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his side deserved at least a point in their 2-1 Premier League defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

Conte’s side suffered a blow to their top-four aspirations as they surrendered a 1-0 lead by Willian to lose 2-1 following goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard.

The defeat saw Chelsea drop to fifth on 53 points, two points adrift of the fourth spot.

In his post-match reaction, Conte said the defeat to United could make their top-four ambitions more difficult.

“I think a draw was the fair result for this game. But we are talking about a defeat and that’s all,” Conte said before talking about Alvaro Morata’s late disallowed ‘goal’.

“I must be honest, I didn’t see the situation, but if you’re telling me Alvaro Morata wasn’t offside, I think VAR is very important, especially in England. There are a lot of moments in the game where there are things to super-check.

“We had to be more clinical, instead we kept the game open, and the opponent made us pay. Manchester United are a great team, and we must be disappointed, because I repeat today, we could have done better.

“We know there is a battle [for the top four] and it will be difficult to find a place in the Champions League.”

The former Juventus boss also blamed luck as one of the reasons Chelsea are struggling this season.

He added: “We had a great chance to get a good result against Manchester United, but instead we talk about a defeat.

“You must be the best team at the end of the game, not just in the first half. We had a great chance to take three points here. Now we have to start to work this season as the league is very difficult and we need to fight for a place in the Champions League. I hope the players realise this soon.

“Luck is important for every team, but this season we have not been so lucky. It is disappointing after this performance to finish with a defeat.”

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