Antonio Conte: “Our start wasn’t good… and Arsenal pushed a lot”

Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte was predictably disappointed at having failed in his quest to net a domestic double, but was proud of his side’s performance in the FA Cup final and over the season as a whole.

Speaking to the press after the Blues’ 2-1 loss to Arsenal at Wembley last night, Conte said, “We won the league and it was right to celebrate and enjoy this win. My players put all of themselves into the game, maybe our start wasn’t good and the impact and approach wasn’t good and Arsenal pushed a lot. We paid for this start.”

“The most important thing is to give a correct evaluation of our season. It’s very important to understand that this season for us was incredible. Every single player put so much work in. For next season we must pay great attention and understand that we have to improve the numbers and the quality in the squad,” the Italian added.

Chelsea were easily the best team in England this season, winning a record 30 out of 38 games in the Premier League, but they will no doubt have to strengthen their squad if they are to be successful in their attempt to retain the league title when they compete on multiple fronts next year.

That task isn’t lost on Conte, who added, “This season we did something great with the players. We must be cold and analyse the situation.”

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