Date: 2nd October 2017 at 5:11pm
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The manner in which Chelsea were beaten by Manchester City, whereby for most of the match we were, to be brutally honest, second best, has raised concerns as to whether we are equipped to retain the Premier League title we won last season.

Of course, there is still a long way to go and somebody has pointed out that last season we lost our last game in September and then went on that long run of successive wins that guided us towards title glory.

After the defeat at the hands of Pep Guardiola`s Manchester City, Antonio Conte spoke about how difficult it is to win back-to-back titles, something that the Premier League statistics prove.

Talking to the media, Conte had this to say,

“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.

“I think last season we did a really great job, because we won the League against a really strong team, because Man City last season also was a fantastic team.

“And now after I think a great transfer market, they have improved a lot. It`s not simple to play this League. We have to try to do our best in every game with great ambition, because we must always have the right ambition. But at the same time sometimes you have to compliment your opponent. You must be honest and accept the result.”

Are we, once again, set to rue the fact we didn`t appear to heed the need to strengthen the squad as opposed to stripping it and adding just a few replacements?

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