Antonio Conte is refusing to accept defeat in the Premier League title race, despite the defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, reports the Guardian.
Heading into the game at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace had yet to record a single point in the league this season. Their sole goal in the 2017/18 campaign so far came in the EFL Cup. There didn’t appear to be anyway they would get a result against the reigning champions.
However, Conte’s side failed to replicate their best form and suffered the ultimate price, a 2-1 defeat, and saw the gap between themselves and league leaders Manchester City grow to nine points.
It is difficult to see any positives we can take from the game, and with the electric form that Man City are in at the minute, things are looking bleak in the title race for the Blues. However, Conte is not going to give up on retaining his crown just yet.
Conte is quoted by the Guardian acknowledging the difficulty of the task that lies ahead, but insisting that Chelsea will fight until the final day:
“This season will be very difficult for us. For this reason we have to put 150% in; 100% won’t be enough. I have players with a great will to work and fight. For sure we have to find the strength to overcome this moment. Everyone can see our situation.”