Chelsea loses against West Ham and Antonio Conte gave up on his title defending

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Antonio Conte did something magical in his first season at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea won the Premier League title in his first season at the club and the Italian boss wanted to continue with his legacy, but his title defending suffered a blow against West Ham United.

Chelsea lost 1-0 against West Ham at London Stadium. It was Blues fourth defeat of the season in 16 matches. They lost only five matches during their title winning season in 2016/17 and missed total 21 points. This season, they have already lost 16 points with 4 defeats and 2 draws.

Season is long and they are 11 points behind Premier League leader Manchester City, who will play Manchester Derby on Sunday against the cross city rival Manchester United. It’s all not lost for the defending champion, but their manager Antonio Conte thinks it’s all over for his club.

He said in his post match comment as The Guardian reports, “To talk about the title race after a defeat, I think it a bit strange. Especially as this is the fourth defeat this season in 16 games.”

“When you have this task it’s impossible to think that you are in the title race. My experience is this: if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice. After 16 games, if you lose four, it means you never started this race. I said before that this season would be very, very tough, very difficult, and this is the truth. If you want to stay in the race, you must give continuity in the result. This is not our case this season.

West Ham manager David Moyes registered his first victory in four matches at helm. The Londoners outsmart their superior rival with Marko Arnautovic’s sixth minute strike. Moyes’ side still sits in relegation zone with 13 points from 16 games, but they will get the confidence boost up after victory against Chelsea.

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