Chelsea had a chance to cut the deficit between themselves and Manchester United, however, their 0-0 draw against Everton has halted their progress.
Antonio Conte’s men did not help themselves with their display in a drab draw against the Merseyside club. The 0-0 result has further increased the gap between Chelsea and Manchester United, who play Leicester City later today. Sam Allardyce’s charges made it difficult for the Blues as expected and they lasted the whole game with those tactics.
With the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian in the attack, Chelsea were unable to break down their opponent’s defensive approach.
Antonio Conte says when you play this type of game the way his team did today, you must be disappointed because we deserved to win. #EVECHE
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 23, 2017
Antonio Conte says the Blues must be disappointed
Speaking to the press after the game, the former Juventus and Italy boss was disappointed with the result and with the dropping of vital points in the race for top three places.
He said,”For sure we must be disappointed because we deserve to get three points”.
Conte was quick to praise Everton as the “best team” in the league outside the top-six clubs of the Premier League.”“Everton are the best team in this league outside the top six. We played this way with great personality, intensity and concentration”, says a disappointed Conte.
Conte further emphasized the Blues’ need to be clinical in front of goal. He said,”If you want to win this game, you must score. You need to be more clinical”.
Following the draw, Chelsea are now two points behind United. The Red Devils could go five points clear if they win at the King Power Stadium later today in the league.
Conte is right to say that his team deserved the win against Everton. However, Allardyce has done an exceptional job at organizing the messy team of Everton and a 0-0 against Chelsea will go a long way in boosting the players’ confidence ahead of a tricky few months.
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