ANTONIO CONTE insists Chelsea could have scored 10 against Everton but missed ‘finisher’ Alvaro Morata.
Chelsea drew 0-0 at Goodison Park despite dominating possession and chances.
The Blues were without top scorer Morata and Conte decided to leave back-up striker Michy Batshuayi on the bench.
The Italian chief has blamed his side for not being clinical enough against the Toffees as Chelsea lost yet more ground on the Premier League’s top two.
He said: “It’s very important to keep the balance during the game. Don’t forget out striker, Morata, was out and I think he’s very important because he’s our finisher.
“At the same time we played with another option, three number 10s, and we created many chances to score 10 but we must be more clinical.
“We were also a bit unlucky when we hit the bar and there were a few situations in the box, but that’s football.”
Conte added: “I think when you play this type of game, we shot 26 times with eight on target [you deserve to win].
“We hit the bar and the defender [Phil Jagielka] saved on the goal-line so we are disappointed because we deserved to win and take the three points.
“We have to take the points against a team who, after the top six, I consider the best team in the league.
“We played away, against a good team, with great intensity and concentration and the defenders played very well.
“It’s a pity, but at the same time it was a really good performance and another clean sheet, but if you want to win this game you must score, be more clinical and take your chances.”
Chelsea, who have stayed third in the top-flight table, take on Brighton on Boxing Day.