Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has blamed Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata for the Blues poor season this time around and highlighted his misfiring strikers as the main reason.
Cesc Fabregas capitalized on a chance that he got, due to an error and secured a fourth-minute goal, which eventually turned out to be the winner against Swansea City. The win pushed Chelsea even further up the table and within a distance of a couple of points, from fourth-placed Spurs, as both teams look to finish in the top four.
However, Conte was still far from happy, as he has seen Chelsea struggle this time around and would have hoped for a better showing, after winning the top flight of English football in his debut season with the club.
With that being said, the Italian manager pointed fingers at his failed strike force who were the main reason for the team’s less impressive campaign and stated, “If we want to win you have to score. In this season I think we have dropped many points. For example, against West Ham, we dropped two vital points. We dominated the game and created I don’t know how many chances to score, but we kept the result only at 1-0 and at the end they scored to get a draw.”
“Football is very simple. If we want to win, we have to score and this season our first problem was we are not so clinical. Against Swansea, we had the chances to kill the game too. You have to take them, otherwise, the result stays in the balance until the end. The situation is not in our hands about a place in the Champions League but if we want to keep the hope alive to take a place where we have to try to get three points in every game.”
In a way, Conte has a point and such a statement could be a direct hint that he is all set to leave for good. Despite that, the timing of the comment might not really be the best, as his team is set to face off against Manchester United in an FA Cup final. This would not be great for their morale unless the two attackers take inspiration and look to improve on their current form after such a statement has been made, as they will be the ones remaining at the Bridge, even if the Juventus main-man does leave.