English Premiership

Conte: Liverpool gave us a wake-up call

2016-09-17 09:33
Antonio Conte (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that his side have to learn from the mistakes they made in their 2-1 loss to Liverpool on Friday. 

The Blues, who were handed their first loss in this season’s Premier League, fell behind in the 17th minute when a lapse in concentration defensively allowed Dejan Lovren to tap the ball past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. 

The Reds doubled their lead in the 36th minute when Jordan Henderson scored an absolute cracker from long range. 

Diego Costa continued his red-hot streak as he scored in the 62nd minute to bring Chelsea back into contention, but it was not enough to save his side from losing on home soil at Stamford Bridge. 

"You have to pay attention to details if you want to think like a great team," Conte told Sky Sports. "We must feel the danger and sometimes we don't, that is the truth. We have to reflect a lot on this game because it is important to understand the situation if we don't want to have another bad season.

"Chelsea is a great team but we must be a great team on the pitch and think like one. We have to pay attention in all situations and sometimes we don't feel the danger.

"At this level it is important to pay attention to every detail if you want to win"

Conte admitted that it was always going to be tough for his side to triumph over Liverpool when they found themselves trailing 2-0 in the first half. 

The 47-year-old added that Chelsea also failed to take advantage of other scoring opportunities that presented themselves during the game. 

"We conceded two goals and the game became very difficult," he said. "In the second half our approach was good, we scored and could have had another through Costa.

"When you concede space to Liverpool it is very difficult because their three forwards are very fast with good technique. We tried to not let them have space but we conceded two goals, the first after a quick free-kick and the second after a throw-in and Henderson was free."

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