Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has called on his players to get in on the scoring act after the Blues drew blank with Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi final on Wednesday.
Chelsea were expecting to take a lead into the second leg of the semi final clash but were held by the Gunners who looked solid at the back and kept the Chelsea attacks at bay.
Alvaro Morata’s finishing has been called into question in the last few weeks after missing several clean chances. Other Chelsea forwards have been off color as the Premier League champions completed two games in succession without a goal. The Arsenal game followed another stalemate in the FA Cup third round against Norwich.
Conte says all his players must take the responsibility of getting goals in games as he tried to ease the pressure on his star striker Morata.
“Today we tried to win. We shot 20 times. We created chances to score, but we didn’t take them. I think in the last period we must be more clinical, more good offensively. Otherwise, if you don’t score, you’re lucky the game finishes in a draw.
This team, in every game, creates chances to score. This season maybe we’re a bit unlucky. We’re not so good to take these chances. My speech is not for the strikers. For example, today [Andreas] Christensen had two fantastic opportunities to score. I think we have to improve with all the players, not only the strikers or midfielders.”
Antonio Conte, Evening Standard
The Blues will return to action next weekend against Leicester City, and the players will hope they can find the back of the net to pick a first win in three games.