Antonio Conte referenced Chelsea’s scoring struggles as the biggest reason why they face an uphill struggle to finish in the Premier League’s top four this season after an unconvincing 1-0 win over relegation threatened Swansea City.
Conte was frustrated by Chelsea’s failure to secure all three points earlier with a second goal against Swansea, and admitted that a lack of ruthlessness has been the undoing of the dethroned Premier League champions.
“Our top scorer has scored only 12 goals,” Conte said in his postmatch news conference. “When your top scorer only gets 12 goals then it is hard to fight for something important, to fight for trophies.”
Speaking to BT Sport, he added: “We could be more clinical to kill the game, instead we keep the score at 1-0 and anything can happen until the end.
“It wasn’t easy. In the least five games at home [Swansea] won four and drew one. In England you must be prepared to fight in every game.
“The only way to put pressure on Tottenham was to get three points. We know they play on Monday against Watford, and we have to hope something positive happens for us.”
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