Chelsea manager Antonio Conte criticised Premier League‘s fixture organizers as he readies his side for a manic-month in the wake of their comfortable 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
The Blue’s facilitated to triumph at The Hawthorns but the Italian boss is already cautioning his players they face their biggest round of the season at Azerbaijan side FK Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The win against West Brom, which included two wonderful goals from Eden Hazard, was the first of nine games in a month in all competitions for the West London outfit.
Conte is worried over a repeat of the loss to Manchester City in September, three days after a Champions League game in Spain.
“It was a pity to play against Manchester City only two days after we played Atletico Madrid away,” he said.
“We came back at 5:00 am on Thursday and played on Saturday against Manchester City.
“Sometimes, the people who prepare these type of fixtures must pay more attention to give every team the same possibility.
“Now we have another problem. We play Qarabag on Wednesday, we get back to London at 5:00 am then we have another big game against Liverpool on Saturday.
“Is this normal? I don’t think so. If someone wants more balance in this league they must pay greater attention to preparing the fixtures.”
Chelsea head to Azerbaijan knowing securing three maximum points will see them in the knockout stage despite consecutive slip-ups against Roma.
“It was very important for us to start this very busy period with a good win, especially against West Brom because last season we struggled a lot in both games,” said Conte.
“Today the game became easy because we started very well with great concentration and focus.
“This (Qarabag) will be the most important game of the season because we have a possibility with a win to go through to the next round of the Champions League, so to start our path in this way was very positive.”
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