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Conte: Chelsea Not Ready For Madrid, Bayern and Juventus Yet

Conte: Chelsea Not Ready For Madrid, Bayern and Juventus Yet

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said the Blues must take their time to get ready by playing well against lower-ranked teams before getting ready for big guns Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus on their return to the Champions League.

The Premier League champions have recovered from their opening day defeat against Burnley to record three consecutive victories ahead of Tuesday’s match against Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.


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Despite having spent in excess of £150million on squad reinforcements over the summer, Conte insists Chelsea are not yet in a position to compete with fellow European heavyweights who have had the benefit of working together over a longer period.

‘For sure in the Champions League we are starting a path,’ he said.

‘Remember before winning a competition you need to work very hard and improve every year step by step, and arrive then to be ready for Real Madrid or Bayern Munich or Juventus.

‘You don’t create a big, strong team easily.

‘It’s a great competition and we must be proud to play it. We must understand we are starting a path.

‘I hope this path is short. We will try to be competitive in a short time and not wait three, four or five years.’

On Chelsea’s opposition, he added: ‘Qarabag are a good team. It’s the first time they’re playing this competition.

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  • djeniko 4 years ago

    Conte too dey complain. What is his problem? Is it Roma and Atletico Madrid that is making him to shaky-shaky? If Chelsea does not top this group C or at worse be 2nd best, Conte should be sacked. Atletico Madrid are not as strong as before as they did not make any new recruitment. But Chelsea recruited £150,000,000+ worth of players. Morata, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Caballero, Drinkwater. Not to talk of battle hardened bunch of players- Luiz, Fabregas, Cahill, Kante, Hazard, Courtois, Azpilicueta, William and our dear Moses Victor. These are all exciting players who cannot be easily intimidated. No excuse o. Chelsea qualify for the round of 16 and see how they will cross that bridge or Conte will be sack if he fails to reach that bridge. Abrahomovich mean it.

  • Charles Shilaka 4 years ago

    Hazard is day dreaming. Chelsea stumbled on UCL last time out was down to players like Drogba & co. Present crop of stars are not yet there!.