Cape Town - Chelsea
manager Antonio Conte cut a frustrated figure after the 1-1 draw with
West Ham on Sunday, and described the game as a microcosm of their
Premier League season.
The Blues took the lead in the 36th minute when Cesar Azpilicueta
opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge, but substitute Javier Hernandez
salvaged a point for the Irons with an equaliser in the 73rd minute.
Conte believes the draw describes Chelsea's season perfectly, given
how many chances they squandered. The defending Premier League champions
are now 10 points below the top four and are unlikely to catch up.
"We must be frustrated with this game, for the final result," Conte
told the press after the game. "But I think this game describes very
clearly our season.
"This season we have struggled and this game describes our season. In
many games you have good performances, you create chances, but if you
are not clinical...
"How many times have I said we didn't take the chances? A lot of times, and then with one chance we conceded a goal."
Chelsea next face a struggling Southampton side away at St. Mary's Stadium in a league clash in an early kick-off on Saturday.
The action gets underway at 13:30.