ANTONIO CONTE was still left annoyed after Chelsea thumped West Brom 4-0 – due to their fixture schedule.
The Blues breezed past the Baggies at The Hawthorns, piling more pressure on Tony Pulis as a result.
Alvaro Morata opened the scoring before brace from Eden Hazard and goal from Marcos Alonso made things comfortable.
Chelsea failed to make any ground on runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City, though.
Pep Guardiola’s men beat Leicester 2-0 to maintain their nine-point lead back to the reigning champions.
Conte still feels aggrieved about the little preparation time his team had when they faced City at Stamford Bridge in late September.
And Chelsea now face a similar issue this week as they gear up for a trip to Azerbaijan.
Asked if he felt City can still be caught, Conte said: “Now it’s very difficult to think someone can stop them.
“They are having a fantastic run, they have only drawn one game at home to Everton.
“It was a pity to play against them two days after playing Atletico Madrid away.
“We came back at 5 in the morning on the Thursday and played on Saturday, so sometimes whoever prepares the fixtures must pay great attention to give each team the same opportunity.
“One team was favourite and you could see if we’d won against City the difference wouldn’t have been nine points.”
Chelsea travel to Anfield to face rivals Liverpool next Saturday (5.30pm).
And Conte added: “Now we have another problem.
“We play Qarabag on Wednesday, we get back to London at 5am or 6am on Thursday and then have a game against Liverpool on Saturday.
“Is this normal? I don’t think so.
“If people want more balance in this league they must pay great attention when preparing the fixtures.”