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Antonio Conte Angered By Chelsea's Lack of Desire in First Half

16 April 2018

Burnley earned their fifth straight league win with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Turf Moor to boost their chances of possible Europa League qualification. They still remain all but eliminated from the top four race, but at least they showed signs of a team, in the second half at least, fighting for something substantial. Chelsea had plenty of possession but looked toothless, as they have so many times since New Year.

That goal would wake Chelsea up, who immediately sought a response to going a goal down.

"It was tough for us, the second for them was hard". The first half was very negative.

The reigning Champions have struggled his season, with the likes of Danny Drinkwater, Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Emerson Palmeri and many others struggling to make an impact in their first season with Chelsea.

The effect on Southampton, who are on a rotten run of results, was dramatic. Mane opened the scoring on seven minutes, Salah headed in for his 30th League goal of the season and Firmino's excellent finish- his 25th goal of the season in all competition- completed a win which brought the Anfield club to within a point of Man United in second place.

Indeed, the centre-back's future may depend on whether or not Conte himself remains at the club beyond this summer.

The defeat leaves Mark Hughes without a point in his three league games in charge and the FA Cup semi-finalists are now five points from safety in 18th spot. For the spirit that we were showing during the game.

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Eyebrows were raised when Antonio Rudiger was not only left off the starting eleven but also the bench.

Klopp acknowledged on Friday the forthcoming tie with Roma would be at the forefront of fans' minds, but his immediate priority of securing a top-four league finish was evident by the fact he made just one change to his team.

First, Giroud expertly met a cross from Marcos Alonso, who was lucky to be on the pitch after stamping on Shane Long.

The retrospective panel might have the last word on that.

Until then, though, Conte must feel some relief that his players still have some fight left in them.

For the first ten minutes of the game, it looked as though it would be the Blues doing all the pressing but Southampton, who entered at odds as long of 7/1 with victor to triumph, rapidly grew into the match.

Antonio Conte Angered By Chelsea's Lack of Desire in First Half