Chelsea came from behind to beat Atletico in Madrid on Wednesday, but yesterday it was all too obvious that they lacked the… freshness and spark they had three days earlier in Spain, and they paid for it.
It was a tough game but we know very well that Manchester City is a really big team and it’s very difficult, this type of game. The details move the result
Antonio Conte told BT Sport having seen his team lose 1-0 at home, with former Blue Kevin De Bruyne scoring the only goal of the match in the 67th minute.
I think we gave everything and I’m very happy for the commitment, desire and will to fight from my players against a really strong team
the Chelsea manager said, explaining some of the game aspects that were hard for his team to handle.
I think when you play against Manchester City, for sure, usually they dominate the ball. In this type of game you need a bit of time to recover, to run and put on pressure. If you are tired it is not simple to go box to box
were Conte’s words. As for the last part, how tired Chelsea looked, the Italian was asked to comment on that, but he was in no mood to complain – a lot – about their schedule, and the fact that City had an extra day to recover, after having hosted Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
About this issue I have already spoken. It is not important to repeat the same concept. I am very proud to be the coach of these players
the Italian said.