Antonio Conte admits Chelsea only deserve what they have
According to the boss, that's the price you pay for having a new inexperienced squad
Conte says of this season's targets: ''We are having the season that we are deserving. It is only a problem of time. Don’t forget in the last two or three years we lost important players. When you lose important players with great experience and charisma and players used to winning, you lose a lot.''
''Last season was fantastic. In this season, we are deserving to play for this target [fourth place] but for sure everyone is trying to do our best in this season to get the best target possible for us.''
The Italian believes a new squad is not yet ready to fight for the best prizes: ''[Davide] Zappacosta is a clear example for this type of situation. We are talking about a young player, in the first season to play Champions League and maybe international games.
''But I think in this team there are many good players. For example, Emerson Palmieri. He’s a young player with a really good prospect but he needs to improve in many aspects. Andreas Christensen is another, and Tiémoué Bakayoko is 22 years old.''
Here's Conte's recipe for the younger units of his squad: ''We have a lot of young players that need to make experience and to improve, not only on the pitch, but charisma and personality. You can do this only if you play important games.''
For you, is the top-4 battle the maximum we can do this season?