Antonio Conte predicts where Chelsea FC will finish after Man United loss
Antonio Conte warns his Chelsea FC team that they will have to step their game up if they want to finish in the top four
Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea FC team that they will have to step their game up if they want to finish in the top four this season.
The Blues suffered a disappointing defeat by Manchester United on Sunday as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat by the Red Devils despite having taken the lead at Old Trafford.
The result dealt a damaging blow to Chelsea FC’s league position as they dropped down into fifth place in the table following Tottenham’s win at Crystal Palace.
The games do not get any easier for Conte’s men, with the Blues set to travel to The Etihad to take on leaders Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
Conte is still confident that his side have what it takes to finish in the top four this season, but he admits that they have lots of work to do if they are to secure Champions League qualification for next season.
Speaking at his post-match news conference on Sunday, Conte said: “It’s a possibility [finishing in the top four] for sure.
“I am repeating the same concept many times. In this league getting a place in the Champions League is not simple.
“This country has the only championship where you can find six teams who start the season by fighting to win the title or getting a place in the Champions League.
“It’s very hard for every team. There is this risk. We must be ready to be concentrated, and to understand this target is an important target for us, but it won’t be easy.”
Chelsea FC won the Premier League title in Conte’s first campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge last season.
Manchester United, meanwhile, were able to move up to second place after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard turned the game around following Willian’s opener at Old Trafford.