I only have a great team on paper - Conte




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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admitted that he only has a great side ‘on paper’ after their crushing 3-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates.

The Gunners simply blew Chelsea away with a scintillating first half performance, as goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil saw Arsene Wenger’s side race into a three-goal lead.

In truth it could have been worse for Chelsea, and barring the injury to Francis Coquelin in the first half, it was a near perfect opening 45 minutes for the Gunners. 

It took until the 82nd minute for Chelsea to register their first chance on target, and Conte admitted that his side simply weren’t at the races.

"I think that we didn't have the right attitude from the first minute,” said Conte to BT Sport after the match. “After today we are thinking we must work a lot because we are a great team only on paper.

 “It is always a team problem rather than individuals, When nothing works it is very hard for a player to play well.”

For Chelsea, Arsenal’s opening goal had an all-too-familiar feel about it.

For the third time this season, Conte saw his opponents capitalise on a mistake from Gary Cahill as Alexis Sanchez fire home after just 11 minutes.

But Conte preferred to publically blame the collective, rather than individuals.

"I don't want to talk about the mistake [Gary Cahill]. it is not right for the player. We win and lose as a team. If someone thinks this team is ready to fight, I think we must wait to improve a lot to come back a great team on the pitch, not just on paper.

"We have not got the balance and now is the moment to consider everything. It is incredible to concede three goals. We must have last season present in our mind to not repeat the mistakes. We must reflect a lot to find very soon the right way."
Credit: London Evening Standard

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