Chelsea were 2-0 up 37 minutes into the game against Roma last night, but halfway through the second half they were trailing by 3-2(!), only to salvage a point with Eden Hazard’s second personal goal of the night. Things did not go as planned, and Antonio Conte was quick to accept responsibility for that.
I didn’t like the type of football we did for a lot of the game, but it’s right to take the responsibility for this. I tried on one hand to protect my team, to become more solid and to move our central defender into midfield. On the other hand we lost totally our style of football
the Chelsea manager told reporters, referring to using David Luiz in a midfield role, until substituting him in the second half because of a knock he received.
Sometimes you have to find the right solution to try to protect your team. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. But you know very well our situation
Conte said, implying that having lots of players missing due to injuries obliged him to resort to… unusual solutions.
It was good to draw. Roma deserved this result. I have to praise my players, because my players showed me a big effort, a big commitment tonight. Otherwise we lose the game
the Italian also said. Last, he was informed about a Jose Mourinho comment, about managers who ‘cry and cry and cry’ over their injured players, a comment perceived to be aimed at Chelsea’s boss.
But, do you think it was for me? If he is speaking about me, I think he has to think about his team and start looking at himself, not others. I think that, a lot of times, Mourinho likes to concentrate on what is happening at Chelsea. A lot of times, also last season. He has to think about his team