Antonio Conte believes that climbing back into the top four of the Premier League “is not simple” following Chelsea’s loss to Manchester United.
Chelsea let a one-goal lead slip at Old Trafford to go down 2-1, meaning back-to-back away losses in the top flight for the first time since November 2015.
Chelsea end the weekend fifth in the table and two points outside the Champions League spots.
Conte acknowledges that Chelsea now have a real battle on their hands to move back in front of Tottenham, in what is proving to be another tight battle for a top-four finish.
“There is this risk. We must be ready to be concentrated, and to understand this target is an important target for us,” he is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. “In this league, getting a place in the Champions League is not simple.
“We are disappointed with the final result. We had a great chance to get three points against a competitor for a place in the Champions League, but in the end we are talking about another defeat.
“This country has the only championship where you can find six teams who start the season by fighting to win the title or getting a place in the Champions League.”