Conte says Chelsea’s title hopes are over

Antonio Conte has ruled Chelsea out of the Premier League title race. Last season’s champions were beaten 1-0 by West Ham on Saturday to leave them 11 points behind leaders Manchester City.

There are still 22 games left of the campaign, but Conte insists his side are not good enough to close the gap. The Italian said: “This is the fourth defeat in 16 games. When you have these stats it’s impossible to think you are in the title race. “If you want to stay in the race for the title in the first part of the season you can only lose once or twice.”

“Today it was very difficult, our start was bad and it was difficult to come back,” added Conte. “We created chances but didn’t take them and now we are talking about a defeat. “Many of the players were tired. It’s normal. We started our pre-season with the same players, a lot of players are playing almost always. “Today our ideas were not so clear. We made a lot of mistakes from the final pass. We can do better.”

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