Chelsea manager Antonio Conte blames tiredness for home defeat to Manchester City

Michy Batshuayi was all smiles as he posed with Fernando Torres and Diego Costa

Michy Batshuayi was all smiles as he posed with Fernando Torres and Diego Costa

Conte was publicly critical of the decision to schedule Chelsea's match against City on Saturday rather than Sunday, ensuring that he could only prepare his team for one day at Cobham after Wednesday's comeback victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

So far this season everyone has thought that the Premier League title is destined for Manchester, either with City or United.

The result - Chelsea's first success on Atletico territory - leaves Antonio Conte's team at the top of Group C with six points, while Atletico remain winless and have work to do in their double-header with Qarabag FK. If you add the excellent Cesar Azpilicueta to the mix - it's easy to see Morata nodding home a few more before the season comes to close. That means we are a good team'. "I don't know because, now, they know more about me as well". The worldwide break follows, with Chelsea resuming on October 14 at Crystal Palace.

Jose Mourinho naturally took the defeat badly and singled Eden Hazard out for criticism: "Eden is the kind of player that is not so mentally ready to look back to his left-back and to leave his life for him".

According to reports in The Sun, the Blues have offered the Belgian a £300,000-a-week deal to keep him at Stamford Bridge.

Batshuayi came off the substitutes bench in the 82nd minute to score the winner
Batshuayi came off the substitutes bench in the 82nd minute to score the winner

Former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata was a constant threat to Chelsea, forcing a good save from Oblak and seeing another shot go just wide off the coast. "I think that I have players who try to make the best decisions". David Luiz will complete a three-match domestic suspension, so Andreas Christensen will start in defence. Every single player performed really well in this game.

'It was a day off but I prefer to talk about my players and not about other players at other clubs. I don't think it's serious. Eddie Newton and Paulo Ferreira did a great job with me. "We have the points we deserve". I like to watch his games.

How Conte must have envied Pep Guardiola, who could call on Gabriel Jesus after Sergio Aguero had been ruled out after suffering broken ribs in a vehicle crash.

"But, as a player, you have to take responsibility for yourself as well and do what is best for you".

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