ANTONIO CONTE has admitted his team selection may have contributed to Chelsea’s defeat to Watford.
Chelsea fell to a humiliating 4-1 loss at Vicarage Road last night.
After going down to 10 men when Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off for two yellow cards, the visitors equalised before Watford hit three times in the space of six second-half minutes to ensure a miserable night for Conte’s men.
Pedro came off in the 64th minute too with a suspected knee injury and was replaced by January signing Olivier Giroud.
While the Blues have had to juggle European commitments too this term, Conte thinks his starting XI didn’t help matters.
“I tried to warn everyone about the difficulty of our path in the league and Champions League,” Conte said.
“In this situation the fault is the coach – maybe I made a bad decision today with the starting XI.
“When you start in this way and play in this way you have doubt about the game.
“During the game it is difficult to change something, afterwards you can understand it and make bad decision.
“The second half I saw a great will but at the same time a lot of confusions. We don’t play in this way.
“We have to accept this and fight a lot in this season. it will be very difficult for everything.”
Chelsea, who are just a point ahead of Tottenham, could drop out of the top four by the time they face West Brom next week.