Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Conte speaks on why Blues lost

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Conte speaks on why Blues lost

Conte hopes Morata will be back for the midweek Champions League clash with Roma at Stamford Bridge but Cahill, who was hurt by the defeat to Crystal Palace, is just focusing on getting things right in time for the visit of the Italian giants. "We must have patience this season to understand it won't be easy". "'If you do your best, I think not one person can tell you something bad".

"This season will be hard but also we have to understand we have to try to build something important for the future, to give the opportunity to the new players to have more experience in this league, to give the opportunity to young players to show they deserve to stay and play for Chelsea".

The Nigeria global has emerged as a key player for Antonio Conte and played a huge role in the club's title triumph last season.

It is clear that Chelsea are facing a tough task in trying to claw their way back into the title race and catch Manchester City this season. "Outside of our game against them, seven goals again they put in today". That's disappointing. We are in a bad bit of luck, too.

"We've had many global players who have been away but that's part and parcel of modern football". "I didn't see this", Conte said. "I trust in every player and try to give everyone the opportunity to take the chance". He got in behind Marcos Alonso and pulled the ball back for Yohan Cabaye, whose attempt to control the ball was interrupted by David Luiz before it ricocheted back off Cabaye and then Azpilicueta to wrong-foot goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea were lacklustre in the absence of the injured Alvaro Morata and N'Golo Kante, and Conte admitted that the Premier League champions had struggled to find "balance" without two of their key players. "Not one or two players".