Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Chelsea booed after top-four hopes are hit

Chelsea booed after top-four hopes are hit

His disenchantment is spreading to supporters who booed at the final whistle.

Conte was at a loss to explain how his side failed to take all three points, but did seem to question his players' desire to capitalise on their complete control.

Chelsea were booed off at full-time and, asked if they could still make the top four, Conte said: "I don't know".

"In this case, if... About what? I like to continue to say "we need to continue to work and improve", but you must win this game if you want to reach a target", the Italian replied when asked about finishing in the top four.

His introduction to the game was certainly key for West Ham to get their goal, with Arnautovic struggling as a lone striker. The Austrian brought it down well before seeing his chance blocked by the returning Gary Cahill; many argued he should have shot first time.

The Blues had chance after chance to kill the game off, but never took them and that gave the Hammers hope.

But on Sunday, with the Hammers trailing 1-0 at Chelsea in the thick of a relegation battle, Chicharito came off the bench and did what he does best: Score goals - specifically in that supersub role, and specifically against the Blues. Arnautovic did well to cut the ball back for the Mexican, whose first-time strike from 13 yards out beat Thibaut Courtois at his near post. "When you stay in this position in the table, it means that you have a problem".

"Chelsea looked unsafe only rarely when those three (Eden) Hazard, Willian and Morata made the flicks and all that". We begged for the goal, ' he told Sky Sports after the match.

"Whether it was a penalty or not, we didn't get it".

On an emotional day where the west Londoners paid tribute to the late Ray Wilkins, they threatened on numerous occasions before Cesar Azpilicueta opened the scoring on 36 minutes. "I could accept conceding from some of their great play but the goal was so poor".

Nick Pope was equally impressive in helping Burnley to victory by the same margin against Watford at Vicarage Road, so here Hart needed a response to remind the on-watching England assistant Steve Holland of his qualities.

There is no individual player to single out and not even one single area of the team to blame for this situation.

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