No excuses for against Liverpool Conte despite Chelsea's travel trouble

No excuses for against Liverpool Conte despite Chelsea's travel trouble

The Chelsea boss was quizzed about his clean-shaven face at his press conference ahead of the clash against Liverpool at Anfield.

"We can not change it".

Jurgen Klopp believes the summers sales of Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic have contributed to Chelsea's failure to keep pace with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Matip missed Liverpool's last two games - Southampton last weekend and Sevilla in midweek - after suffering a thigh injury but the Cameroon worldwide is expected to return ahead of Saturday's match.

If both teams play to the best of their ability, Chelsea will win.

"And I think all of the players, we all switched off a little bit and we thought that at 3-0 it was going to be a little bit hard for the opposition (to come back)", the 25-year-old Brazilian conceded.

The rise of teams who pose this level of travel problems for most European clubs in UEFA competition is a relatively new phenomenon; Qarabag first qualified for the Europa League group stage in 2014, while Kazakh giants Astana were only formed in 2008 and first achieved Champions League qualification in 2015. But as you know very well, football is odd. But in our games, it's not luck that he scored, he made really fantastic goals. They were also unlucky.

Conte has admitted to being concerned about how the 8 000km round trip to Azerbaijan - and quicker turnaround - will affect his players. 'With Chelsea a year ago, everything worked.

"He was a kid when he came to Chelsea, now he's a man", the German said.

He joined Roma permanently in August 2016 after a season-long loan at the Stadio Olimpico and was impressive enough to prompt Liverpool into paying a then-club record £36.9 million fee for him back in June.

Sevilla forward Wissam Ben Yedder reduced the deficit early on in the second-half and would convert a penalty on the hour-mark to get the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium up on its feet.

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