LISTEN: Antonio Conte insists he is ‘happy’ with Chelsea players despite defeat to Manchester City
Antonio Conte believes his team put in everything
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Antonio Conte insisted he was happy with his Chelsea players despite their loss to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side looked a class above, with their passing and movement, and Kevin De Bruyne’s second half strike was enough to separate the two sides.
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However, even though last season’s champions looked second best Antonio Conte felt he could only be proud of his players becaue they put everything into the game.
“For sure there is disappointment for me, for my players and for the result but at the same time we gave everything,” said the Italian manager.
“I must be proud to be the coach of these players because, you can win or lose the game, but when you finish the game and you know your team gave everything you must be happy.”
Conte also declared that the quality of the opposition should be taken into account with Manchester City impressing hugely so far this season.
“In this case you must consider your opponent,” explained the Blues boss.
“I think Manchester City is a really strong team and they were very good last season.
“This season I think they are stronger than last season. When you play this type of game – a massive game – anything can happen.”