After a slightly disappointing start to the new season, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has said it is easier to retain the Serie A title than the Premier League title.
Conte took over at Stamford Bridge last season and went on to win the title in his first season, finishing seven points ahead of nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur. However, his team are currently fourth in the table after seven games following their second defeat of the season, to Manchester City over the weekend.
When Conte was last in charge of Juventus he steered them to a remarkable title win, finishing seventeen points clear at the top of the table.
Speaking this week he said, “We won the title with Juventus and I was expecting a really strong challenge from AC Milan, but instead they sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris St Germain, so they became weaker. It wasn’t simple second time, but it was easier. Here, from last season to this season, you have big teams and now they are bigger.”
Saturday’s loss to Manchester City showed Conte and the team just how hard it will be for them to retain their Premier League title.
He said that last season he thinks the team did a “great job” in winning the league against strong teams such as Manchester City.
However, he thinks that this season the opposition are even better after a number of successful summer transfers. As a result, he believes that the Premier League is a far tougher league to play in and they will have to go into each game absolutely determined to do their best.
On the other hand, he conceded “but at the same time sometimes you have to compliment your opponent. You must be honest and accept the result.”