Chelsea seemed to dominate for most of their Carabao Cup semifinal first leg against Arsenal, but no matter what they tried to send the ball in, nothing worked.
The Blues had to settle for a goalless draw, a result that left their manager unsatisfied. Furthermore, Antonio Conte had something to say about the referee of the match.
For me, there’s disappointment about extra time. In the second half the doctor went onto the pitch twice and the referee stopped for VAR, so you have to give more minutes of extra time
the Italian told Sky Sports, feeling that the five minutes given by the referee were not enough.
In Italy sometimes extra time can be seven, eight or nine minutes
Conte added. As for the game itself, he was left frustrated seeing his players create several chances, but failing to convert them to goals.
There’s a bit of disappointment because it’s important to try and win every game. We tried to use our strengths to win it and we created chances to score, but we were not clinical enough. Despite having 20 shots we didn’t score, and I think we have to reflect on these stats
the Blues boss said. Last, he was asked about how different this League Cup semifinal was, compared to the recent Premier League match between the same two teams at Emirates.
Every game is different. If you compare this game with the last Arsenal game it was played in a very different way. They stayed very deep and tried to exploit the counter-attack. The last game was more open and both teams tried to win, today Arsenal played very well defensively
the Italian’s comment was.