Antonio Conte blasts Chelsea players after sluggish display at Roma

Antonio Conte blasts Chelsea players after sluggish display at Roma

- Antonio Conte warns his players they will not win trophies if they continue playing the way they did against Roma

- Two goals from Stephan El Sharaway and another stunner from Diego Perroti gave the Italians a 3 - 0 win

- The Italian manager has asked his player to find their hunger and desire before they season gets worse

Antonio Conte has reacted to his side's 3 - 0 defeat at AS Roma in their Champions League match day four clash.

Two goals from Stephan El Sharaway and another stunner from Diego Perroti gave the Italians the win at the Stadio Olympico.

Conte has now warned his Chelsea players that they cannot hope to compete for trophies this season unless they rediscover their "hunger".

Antonio Conte lambasts Chelsea’s display at Roma

The Chelsea players applaud the fans after the game. Photo: Chelseafc/Twitter

AFTER THE GAME

"When you lose 3-0, it means it wasn't a good performance. Our first half was good, we created many chances to score, but to be 2-0 down was unfair," Conte told BT Sport.

"But in the second half, it was a really bad performance. Roma showed more will to fight and more desire to win the game. I'm very disappointed with our second half. For this performance, we all have to take responsibility.

"When you concede three goals, you must be worried. It means something doesn't work. It's very difficult now, but we have to analyse the game. We need to work on the tactical aspect. We are working less on this aspect this season. We have to look at ourselves.

"Tonight was a bad night for us. I only want one night like this and we must work together this week."

Antonio Conte lambasts Chelsea’s display at Roma

Antonio Conte looking dejected on the touchline. Photo: Squawka

AT HIS POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE

"What I'm most disappointed about was the performance in the second half," he said. "Roma had more hunger, more desire, more fight to beat us and clearly deserved this win.

"We have to try to find the strength to understand and to use this loss in the right way. In this season we have to dig very deep, very deep, if we want to be competitive and to fight for something important. If we are not ready to dig deep, we can have this type of game.

"We have to know this. Because, I repeat, this season will be very difficult if we don't understand quickly the right way that we have to go."

CONTE ANGRY WITH A LACK OF HUNGER

"My task is to try to find the best solution," Conte added. "To try to avoid this type of game. But, for sure, we have to work together. We need to have the will, I repeat, to dig deep. If we think that only because our name is Chelsea, and the opponent have fear of the name Chelsea, this is not the right way.

"We have to find the hunger we showed all last season and, this season, only sometimes. But this season has been up and down. If you are a great team you must have stability. You must have consistency. At this moment we are struggling a lot to find this type of balance.

"Last season we showed great hunger, great will to do something important. We won the league and did a miracle.

"But if we want to be competitive this season we have to avoid these ups and downs. A great team must have stability and great desire to be protagonists in every game."

Atletico Madrid's failure to beat Qarabag means Chelsea are still well positioned to qualify from Group C, but Conte was in no mood to dwell on the positives.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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