Conte: Time to trust

Antonio Conte says everyone must pull together during a difficult period if we are to have a successful season.

The Blues have a chance to respond to the loss at Crystal Palace, and the one against Manchester City before the international break, when Roma visit west London on Wednesday evening. Conte believes his squad have what it takes to get back on the right path, and quickly.

‘We have to find the strength to overcome this moment,’ the boss said. ‘I know my squad and my players very well. I have players with great will to work and to fight.

‘We must be unhappy after a defeat, above all if the defeat is not one but two in a row. This is not a positive moment for many reasons. We are playing without important players and every game we are having a new injury, but I trust all my players and I try to give everyone the opportunity to take their chance.’

Conte compared the current campaign to last one, and spoke about laying strong foundations.

‘Every season is different. Last season we didn’t play in the Champions League or Europa League. This season we are facing four competitions. We are having a few problems to do this because when you have three or four injuries you are in trouble.

‘This season we have to try to build something important for the future, to give possibilities to the new players to get more experience in this league, and to give opportunities to the young players to show they deserve to stay and play for Chelsea. We must have patience this season. It won’t be easy.’