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Antonio Conte Jersey lambasts Chelsea’s ‘really
A few of the locals called out to Antonio Conte as he trudged up the ramp towards the Chelsea team bus post-match, head bowed to avoid eye contact and hands sunk deep in his pockets, but most had sensed it was no time to bid a fond farewell. The Italian had that thunderous look about him, the kind that sets in when his team have been beaten. Except this had been a humiliation, and an occasion which had left him publicly questioning the most basic qualities expected of his players: hunger, desire and commitment to compete.
The second-half surrender at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday betrayed a team who had lost hope, their conviction eroded by a mixture of defensive chaos and attacking profligacy which had left them playing catch-up to Roma. The reaction, Conte was quick to point out, was unacceptable. Although some may cling to the belief the emphatic loss can prompt a similar reaction to the infamous thrashing endured at Arsenal less than two months into last season, the particular quirks of Chelsea’s campaign feel very different this time round.
Conte would point to the summer. He has regularly used the word “emergency” to describe his team’s season, before listing the injuries which have disrupted progress, but his real gripe remains recruitment. The toils are the manager being proved right. This squad are not deep enough, or resilient enough, to compete on four fronts with the same intensity as last season. They lack cover of the calibre the coaching staff hoped in both wing-back positions, up front and even, perhaps, at centre-half. The club will do their best to address those concerns in January but, in Conte’s mind, he does not have the scope to chop and change like for like as much as he had anticipated. Even at Juventus he was criticised in some quarters for a reluctance to rotate his squad effectively and for an over-reliance on a core group. Here, once again, key members of his team are simply being flogged. César Azpilicueta has played every minute of the Premier League title defence and all but 15 in the http://www.vikingsonlineofficialonline.com/Everson-Griffen-Jersey Champions League. Marcos Alonso has featured in every league game. The 3-0 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico was Cesc Fàbregas’s 16th match of campaign. “The likes James Conner Womens Jersey of Cesc and Tiémoué Bakayoko are having to play a lot of games and that impacts on their legs,” Thibaut Courtois said. “It’s harder for them to keep up the pressure, especially when we find ourselves up against three midfielders.” Energy levels have clearly dipped.
The team appear exhausted, the zest long since drained from their game, to give the impression that, when up against it in Rome, they were http://www.authenticbluesstore.com/-38-pavol-demitra-jersey_c-466.html bereft of hunger or fight. They can get by on occasion, recovering to overcome Watford or shutting out a rather disjointed Bournemouth last Saturday, but the better teams – or even fresher opponents, as Crystal Palace proved last month James Conner Womens Jersey – sense they can exploit the weariness. There have been murmurings of discontent from within the group over the intensity of James Conner Womens Jersey training sessions but dissent of such kind invariably flares up when teams are labouring, whether the sources are disgruntled at non-selection or upset to have been hauled off prematurely. This squad were worked much harder at Cobham last season. Conte has admitted he has had to reduce the number of training sessions because of a more cluttered schedule which has denied him long weeks in which to prepare his group physically and tactically, but he was never likely to reduce the intensity of the drills. That is simply the way he works and was an approach crucial to last season’s startling success.