Sunday 1 October 2017

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praises his team despite defeat to Manchester City

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has come out to praise the effort and commitment of his players despite falling to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City. A goal from Kevin de Bruyne was enough to send City back to the top of the Premier League on goal difference.
He said “For sure, there is disappointment for the result but I think at the same time I am pleased with the commitment of my players, today we gave everything and after the game you can win or you can lose but the most important thing is to see your players give everything. Today that happened. For sure we played against a very good team in Manchester City. We created chances to score but we did not take [them]. City created a chance and they were very good to take the chance to score. In this type of game it is very important to score first. Great compliments to Manchester City. Last season, Manchester City was a very good team, very strong. I think after this transfer market they improved their strength a lot. But I repeat, it is right to complement them. We have to accept the result because today we gave everything. Damage or no damage we have to go game by game and to do our best. Then we will see at the end of season what happens and where we finish in the league.”
Although both sides were in midweek Champions League action, Chelsea had less time to prepare for Saturday's game than their opponents following their trip to Madrid, and Conte admitted that it can affect players' performance.

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