Antonio Conte opens up on Chelsea’s biggest weakness

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte attends a pre-match press conference in Singapore on July 24, 2017, ahead of the International Champions Cup football match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea on July 25.  / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN        (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Chelsea have quickly resumed normalities in games, winning four consecutive games in all competitions after their surprise loss to Burnley on the opening day of the Premier League.

The Premier League champions returned to the Champions League in grand style, thrashing Qarabag 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

The manner in which Antonio Conte’s men dispatched their Azerbaijani opponents as well as wins over Everton and Leicester City prompts thoughts that Chelsea are almost impregnable.

But Conte thinks otherwise. He thinks Chelsea cannot manage games at the tail end of it and can be broken down by strong opposition.

Our style of football is always like this, to push from the start to the end.

We are not good at managing a game and for this reason I prefer to continue to press. Against Leicester it was the same.

After [it went to] 2-1 I decided to make offensive substitutions with [Eden] Hazard and Willian and try to score the third goal, instead of waiting, dropping and risking.

Antonio Conte, Daily Star

Conte brought on Eden Hazard for Pedro in the second half signaling his intent to score more goals while the more defensive N’Golo Kante was withdrawn for Tiemoue Bakayoko who went on to score his first Chelsea goal.