Ray Wilkins predicts where Chelsea will finish this season
Ray Wilkins warns Antonio Conte that Chelsea's title hopes are quickly evaporating
Ray Wilkins has warned Antonio Conte that Chelsea’s title hopes are quickly disappearing after their shock 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace last weekend.
The Blues slumped to a surprise defeat by the Eagles at Selhurst Park as they suffered their second successive loss in the Premier League.
The defeat left Conte’s men fifth in the Premier League table and nine points behind leaders Manchester City after a difficult few weeks for the Blues.
And former Chelsea coach Wilkins has warned that the Blues could struggle to defend their title unless they quickly turn their form around in the coming weeks and months.
Wilkins told Sky Sports News on Monday morning: “It’s massively damaging for Antonio Conte.
“They are nine points adrift of Manchester City having played them at Stamford Bridge. At the moment their title chances are disappearing rather rapidly. But I feel for him because I would hate to see more defeats crop up because I think he has done a good job.
“They didn’t go down fighting and went down with a whimper. It is crippling for Chelsea to lose in that manner. They just had no energy or life and I was disappointed.”
Chelsea will now look to quickly get back to winning ways when they take on Roma in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The west London side will then look to bounce back in the Premier League when they host Watford at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
The Blues won the Premier League title in style in Conte’s first campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge last season but they did not have the distraction of European football as they focused purely on domestic affairs.
Chelsea have won the title in two of the last three seasons.