Antonio Conte told Chelsea’s problems result of poor transfer window

The Chelsea boss believes the defending champions' problems are the result of a poor summer transfer window

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Chris Sutton believes Chelsea’s poor start to the season is the direct result of a disappointing transfer window.

The defending Premier League champions have already lost three games in their opening eight games to leave Chelsea nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

The Blues suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Premier League’s basement club Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea have now lost to Manchester City and Palace in their last two Premier League games to leave the west London side with a lot of ground to make up in the title race.

The title holders missed out on Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and Juventus defender Alex Sandro in the summer transfer window, while Nemanja Matic moved to the Red Devils from Chelsea.

Conte signed Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata, Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta to improve his squad.

Former Chelsea striker Sutton believes the Blues have been left short following a disappointing summer transfer window.

“The fault lies with Chelsea in the window,” Sutton told Metro.

“They didn’t do the business. That was always going to come back and bite them. They were fortunate last season.

“Chelsea’s problem lies in their lack of strength. They should have strengthened when they had the chance. Now they’re fighting on two fronts – that is their problem.

“Last season they won with a relatively small group of players and they didn’t have many injuries. This season they’ve had a few injuries.”

Chelsea have won the Premier League title in two of the past three seasons under Jose Mourinho and then ex Juventus boss Conte.

The Blues appointed Italian boss Conte as Mourinho’s permanent successor in 2016.

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