Despite having lost his first competitive game of the new season, Antonio Conte was calm when asked to reflect on his side’s disappointing performance against Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday afternoon.
In an interview with the official Chelsea website, the Italian manager spoke about the Blue’s penalty shoot-out defeat and revealed why goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was allowed to take a penalty for the Blues at Wembley.
When quizzed about his disappointment at losing the final to Arsenal, Conte responded positively, explaining that the team will need to work hard between now and Sunday in order to win against Burnley in the club’s opening fixture of the new Premier League campaign.
“This game was a tough game for both teams. We tried to win, and we tried to improve our physical condition because in six days we start the league,” Conte told the official Chelsea website.
As well as reflecting on the performance of team, the title-winning manager explained the decision to allow Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois take a penalty in the shoo-out.
“Courtois is one of the best players to kick a penalty. If you have a player that shows you during training to be one of the best, you pick him to shoot a penalty,” Conte disclosed to the official Chelsea website.