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Conte puts a positive spin on Chelsea’s disappointing performance against Arsenal

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Nice try, Antonio, but no

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Antonio Conte tried his best to put a positive spin on Chelsea’s disappointing performance against Arsenal in the post-match interview, but his words could not quite disguise his palpable disappointment. As a man who “lives” every moment of the game alongside his players, that’s not that surprising.

“I think the performance was a good performance. When you play this kind of massive game you know very well that anything can happen. Both teams tried to win and had chances to score. I think it was a good draw.”

At this very moment unfortunately there’s very little to suggest that there was anything actually “good” about this draw, with a limp performance from all the players (except maybe Bakayoko and Hazard as second-half substitutes), questionable decisions from the head coach, and another silly red card for Chelsea, this time to David Luiz. He will now miss three games, which should mean Andreas Christensen starting against Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, and Manchester City.

Meanwhile, outside of the big miss from Pedro — who then had to be taken off at half — Chelsea didn’t quite pose the same goal-threat as usual.

Morata looked a bit lightweight, more like his first couple games in England rather than his subsequent performances, but Conte put a positive spin on that as well.

“In my opinion Morata played a really good game, and I am very happy with his performance. For me he played very well, had a lot of the ball and tried to send Willian, Pedro and our wing-backs. If the number nine scores he has played a good game and if not he didn’t (supposedly) play a good game, but my vision is different. I’m really happy with his performance.”

-Antonio Conte; source: West London Sport

It’s good to keep things positive, I suppose.

Onwards and upwards.