Tuesday 12 December 2017

Antonio Conte hopes Chelsea have learned from last season's shortcomings

Antonio Conte was on the losing side for the first time as Chelsea boss
Antonio Conte was on the losing side for the first time as Chelsea boss

Antonio Conte has warned Chelsea not to repeat the mistakes of last season.

The Italian was left reeling by his first defeat as Blues boss after Liverpool ran out deserved 2-1 winners in the Premier League contest at Stamford Bridge.

Dejan Lovren was left unmarked to slot in the opener before Jordan Henderson curled in a stunner from 30 yards to put the rampant Reds 2-0 up at half-time.

Diego Costa halved the deficit but Chelsea could not find an equaliser to leave Conte with plenty to ponder.

The Italian, appointed in the summer, handed a second debut to David Luiz at centre-half but knows he is unlikely to be the answer to eradicating the defensive frailties of last term.

"It's important to understand that every game is tough and we mustn't forget last season," said Conte. "Last season was a bad season and I don't want to repeat it.

"When you finish the season in 10th place it means you have to work very hard to improve and not repeat the bad season.

"This season the manager, the players, all the people at the club must take responsibility. We win together and we lose together."

Liverpool were deserved winners after their first-half display which manager Jurgen Klopp described as "football from hell!"

He added: "The beginning was brilliant. It was very intense, very lively, very flexible, our build-up was brilliant in the first half.

"I was really happy with the style of play, and the confidence we had."

Klopp was, however, slightly more circumspect about his side's prospects this season.

"Are we title contenders? Someone asked me that when we won 3-1 here last season. My answer was: 'Are you crazy?'

"We have 10 points. That's fantastic. I'm really happy with that after these difficult fixtures.

"We know we can play good football, we're convinced about our quality. We just have to do it every week, every three days."

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