Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has spoken after his side’s breathless 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the Premier League this evening.
The Emirates played host to one of the most thrilling Premier League games of the season, in which the Gunners’ Hector Bellerin struck late in injury time to deny the Blues all three points.
Speaking to Sky Sports post-match, Antonio Conte rued his side’s missed chances, stating that they “deserved to win” the game. The Italian added: “I think it is a pity because when you have so many chances to score you must win the game… Instead, we are talking about a draw against a good team.
“We must be disappointed; we had a great chance to win, but we must accept the final result. We win together, we lose together, we draw together.”
Conte defends misfiring Morata
When pressed on the form of hit-and-miss striker Alvaro Morata, who failed to find the net despite a total of 33 chances being created by both teams on the evening, Conte insisted: “He’s not liking this period, but he has to continue to work and continue to improve.
“For a striker, it is very important to score. It is a pity… but I’m very happy with his commitment and effort to the team.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, could barely contain his fury at the final whistle after a controversial penalty decision saw Eden Hazard draw level for Chelsea. “I say it’s a farcical decision; you could give ten penalties like that a game,” the irate Frenchman told reporters.
Chelsea remain in third place following the draw, one point behind second-placed Manchester United.
Our full match report of the incredible contest will be posted later on this evening.
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