Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted that they must be “realistic” about their place in the Premier League title race after Eden Hazard’s goal secured a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium
Eden Hazard netted his first Premier League goal of the season in the 51st minute to give Chelsea a deserved win at the Vitality Stadium, ensuring they remain nine points behind rampant leaders Manchester City after 10 matches.
“At this moment we must be realistic by going game by game,” Conte said when asked if Chelsea are aiming for a top-four finish rather than retaining their title.
“We have 19 points and we deserve to have 19 points. We are first in our group in the Champions League. We went into the next round of the Carabao Cup after going out in the second round last season.
“This group [of players]… I’m very happy for this group. There are players who are very honest, players who want to fight until the end for something important. Are we able to do this? I don’t know. But we will try to stay there.
“I know very well that in England, in this league, there are six top teams. Four go into the Champions League. Two have to stay out and play Europa League. Last season we saw this. It was very, very, very difficult.”