LONDON — A annoyed Antonio Conte claimed that West Ham’s fightback to earn a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge summed up Chelsea’s disappointing marketing campaign, after Javier Hernandez’s late equaliser additional dented the defending Premier League champions’ top-four hopes.
Chelsea took a deserved lead by way of Cesar Azpilicueta on 36 minutes and mustered 23 efforts on the West Ham objective, however a mix of poor ending and impressed goalkeeping from Joe Hart ensured the sport was nonetheless shut when Hernandez changed Gelson Fernandes with 20 minutes remaining.
Simply three minutes later, the Mexican worldwide powered a low shot past Thibaut Courtois after Gary Cahill had didn’t clear Mark Noble’s floated ball into the field and West Ham held on to safe a draw that strikes them six factors away from the relegation zone.
Chelsea, in the meantime, slip to 10 factors adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham within the race for Champions League qualification. After the match Conte admitted that he’s “bored” of claiming that his gamers have to be extra ruthless within the remaining third.
“I think this game describes very clearly our season,” he mentioned. “This sport describes it very nicely. Many video games the place we put in an excellent efficiency, creating many possibilities to attain, however we aren’t scientific. What number of instances have I mentioned that we did not take the possibilities we created? Plenty of instances.
“And then, one chance for West Ham, we concede a goal. We are talking about improving, improving, improving. But today, we must win this game. We must win it. I’m very frustrated and I hope my players go home and stay frustrated because, in this way, we have the right mentality.”
Chelsea have gained simply two of their 11 league video games in 2018 and Conte was in no temper to bemoan unhealthy luck.
“Otherwise, if we accept this result and say we were unlucky today, we are not building anything positive for the future,” he mentioned. “Football is simple: If you score, you win. Otherwise, if you score only once, you stay in balance — especially in England — and anything can happen to the end. A corner in the final minute, you risk losing the win. This is not right. We must improve but, this season, I’m repeating this many times and I’m getting bored.”
Requested the place the outcome leaves Chelsea’s aspirations for a top-four end, Conte replied: “We should be real looking. If we aren’t capable of win this kind of sport, we’re speaking about what? I prefer to proceed to say ‘we have to proceed to work and enhance’, however you need to win this sport if you wish to attain a goal.
“In this case, if we wanted to reach a place in the Champions League [we have to win] , because the other teams are clinical. They create chances, they are ready to suffer and win the game. At the end of the season, I think we’ll have struggled a lot and this game describes our whole season.”
Liam is ESPN FC’s Chelsea correspondent. Comply with him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.