Antonio Conte admits to being ‘very angry’ with Chelsea FC stars

Antonio Conte discusses Chelsea FC's comeback against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Antonio Conte has admitted that he was “very angry” with his Chelsea FC players at half-time during their clash with Southampton on Saturday.

The Blues found themselves 1-0 down at the break at St Mary’s after having struggled to get into the game against the Saints.

Southampton then made it 2-0 on the hour-mark to leave Chelsea FC apparently heading towards another defeat, but goals from substitute Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard ended up claiming a 3-2 win for Conte’s men.

The win was a welcome one for the west London side, who have struggled to produce consistent form in the Premier League in recent weeks.

And Chelsea boss Conte has admitted that he was not at all happy with how his players had performed in the first half against Southampton.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Conte said: “For sure in every moment of the game you must think positive and that you can come back despite the score being 2-0 down.

“I must be honest and I was very angry with our first half because we did not show great desire, great will to fight and will to play in the right way.

“After the first half I was very disappointed but I am the coach and if the desire is not right and we cannot fight in the right way, I am the first person to take responsibility. In the second half we showed great character and reaction and desire to win the game.

“We showed the right fire in our eyes and I am pleased with the second half. It is not important to win, lose or draw, what is important is to show great intensity and will to fight to the end.”

The result left Chelsea FC in fifth place in the Premier League table and seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur as they try and catch Spurs before the season is out.

Chelsea FC are still aiming to finish the season with a trophy and they will take on Southampton in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley next weekend.

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