Antonio Conte has praised the performance of his team’s young starlets despite defeat to West Ham in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night, saying after the game that there were ‘a lot of positive things’ to take from the clash.
Gary Cahill scored the Blues’ only goal of the night – a consolation strike in injury time – before the night was marred by violent clashes between the two sets of fans in the stands, with chairs being flung around the Olympic Stadium.
Conte: “The young players played a good game with the right intensity. It is normal when you lose, that you see only bad things.” #WHUCHE
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Quoted by the Evening Standard after speaking to the press post-match, Conte said: “I prefer to speak about the whole team but this Cup was important to check the development of these young players.
“We have good young players. They needed to play. I’m disappointed that we can’t play [them] in the future [of this Cup, this season]. They played with the right intensity and concentration. When you lose, it’s normal to see only the bad things. I found a lot of positive things.
“Always [they learn]. Usually you learn more after a defeat than a win. I’m optimistic. I want to see always the right spirit. I see the future more clear.”
The Italian did devote some time to condemning the fan violence though, telling Sky Sports: “I must be honest, because I didn’t see the situation. We were playing and I didn’t see this.
“I don’t like this type of situation. It’s important to see always the right atmosphere. Above all in England, we are used to see the right atmosphere. This country is fantastic in this aspect. I’m sorry about this situation.”
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