- Antonio Conte concerned that Chelsea will not finish in the top four this season.
- Blues failed to qualify for the Champions League in the 2015/16 campaign.
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Antonio Conte has revealed that he is wary Chelsea will miss out on Champions League qualification this season, report the Telegraph.
We’ve been here before. After winning the Premier League at a canter title in the 2014/15 campaign, the Blues fell short the season after and ended up being steered into 10th place by former boss Guus Hiddink.
In Conte’s debut season at Stamford Bridge he didn’t have Champions League football to contend with. Ultimately it helped him, we didn’t have any issues with fatigue or injury, unlike this term.
However, from a fan’s point of view, having to watch the Champions League on the tele is hard to stomach. Chelsea are one of the biggest clubs on the planet and belong in Europe’s elite competition.
The prospect of us missing out on the top four once again is something none of us want to entertain – but Conte is wary.
The Italian is quoted by the Telegraph revealing his fears that Chelsea could not qualify for the Champions League for the second time in three years:
“There’s a problem in this league. There are six top teams and there are only four places for the Champions League and two places for the Europa League.”
“You have targets, also if Manchester City has many points over you, you have an important target to try to get into the top four and play in the Champions League. Don’t forget, two years ago Chelsea missed this target, last season we didn’t play European games.”
Look forward, not backwards!
Manchester City are pulling away, but we are just three points behind former boss Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side. We should look to close the gap on them over the Christmas period, and then the rest will take care of itself.