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Chelsea’s biggest weakness is ‘managing’ games according to Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that he sees his side’s biggest weakness as being unable to ‘manage’ games.

At the weekend, Conte’s side won 2-1 against Leicester City. With the blue looking comfortable at 2-0 up, the foxes Jamie Vardy pulled a goal back reducing the deficit leaving the Chelsea squad on edge for the closing moments of the game.

According to Conte, Chelsea aren’t that adept at seeing out those situations, so says he tries to get his players to continue to press on and add to their tally, instead of sitting back and allowing the opposition to pile on the pressure.

Last season Chelsea were highly convincing Premier League champions, however, throughout the summer transfer window Conte was vocal in the media about the need to strengthen his squad.

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Speaking after the game at the weekend, the Italian thinks his team could be better at taking control of games, rather than relying on its usual fast-paced and tiring approach.

He said: “Our style of football is always like this, to push from the start to the end. We are not good at managing a game and for this reason I prefer to continue to press. Against Leicester it was the same.

After (it went to) 2-1 I decided to make offensive substitutions with (Eden) Hazard and Willian and try to score the third goal, instead of waiting, dropping and risking.”

The current Premier League champions host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with the match kicking off at 1.30.