Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that he views one of his side’s biggest weaknesses as being unable to ‘manage’ games, such as the win at Leicester City at the weekend
The Blues won 2-1 against the Foxes, but suffered a bit of a scare as Jamie Vardy pulled a goal back to reduce the deficit, with the Blues initially looking comfortable at 2-0 up.
Conte believes Chelsea aren’t that adept that riding out those situations, so says he tries to get his players to continue to press on and add to their lead, instead of sitting back and soaking up pressure.
Chelsea were highly convincing Premier League champions last season, but Conte was vocal about the need to strengthen his squad in the summer transfer window.
Speaking now, the Italian also seems to think his team could be better at taking control of games, rather than relying on a fast-paced and tiring approach throughout.
‘Our style of football is always like this, to push from the start to the end,’ Conte explained.
‘We are not good at managing a game and for this reason I prefer to continue to press. Against Leicester it was the same.
‘After (it went to) 2-1 I decided to make offensive substitutions with (Eden) Hazard and Willian and try to score the third goal, instead of waiting, dropping and risking.’
Chelsea got off to a bad start this season with a shock 3-2 home defeat to Burnley on the opening day, but have since won four in a row, including last night’s 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag in the Champions League.
The champions host Arsenal next in the league, with the Gunners visiting Stamford Bridge for the 1.30pm kickoff on Sunday.
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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has warned his team-mates to be ready for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette when the two sides meet this weekend.
The Blues host the Gunners at Stamford Bridge for a crucial early-season six-pointer in the title race, with Lacazette likely to play a key role for Arsene Wenger’s side
The France international was signed from Lyon for a club-record fee of £52million this summer, having shone with some prolific performances in Ligue 1.
Lacazette is now showing his scoring touch for Arsenal with two goals in his first four games for the club, including a fine effort from outside the area in last weekend’s win over Bournemouth.
Kante is expecting big things from his fellow Frenchman, and expects him to be a threat when Arsenal travel to Chelsea this Sunday.
‘I think maybe in England, you don’t know him very well but he has started to score,’ Kante said.
‘In France, he was a very good goalscorer who scored for many, many years and he will be a threat for Sunday’s game. We have to be ready to stop him but the most important thing is the team and we need to win.’
Chelsea have made a better start to this season than Arsenal and sit three points clear of them going into this big game, but Arsene Wenger will be dearly hoping Lacazette can repay some of his fee with a match-winning performance against a major rival.
The 26-year-old looks like being one of the players rested for Thursday’s Europa League game against FC Cologne, with Wenger ringing the changes in order to keep his players fresh for the trip to Stamford Bridge.