As he reflected on today’s goalless draw at Everton, Antonio Conte said he was pleased with the overall performance of his side but the Italian felt we should have been more clinical.
It was another clean sheet for the Blues, Thibaut Courtois’s 50th for the club, but having dominated the contest we deserved more than just a point.
‘I think when you play this type of game, we shot 26 times with eight on target [you deserve to win],’ said Conte. ‘We hit the bar and the defender [Phil Jagielka] saved on the goal-line so we are disappointed because we deserved to win and take the three points. We have to take the points against a team who, after the top six, I consider the best team in the league.
‘We played away, against a good team, with great intensity and concentration and the defenders played very well. It’s a pity, but at the same time it was a really good performance and another clean sheet, but if you want to win this game you must score, be more clinical and take your chances.’
Conte was asked about the balance of his side
‘It’s very important to keep the balance during the game. Don’t forget out striker, Morata, was out and I think he’s very important because he’s our finisher.
‘At the same time we played with another option, three number 10s, and we created many chances to score 10 but we must be more clinical. We were also a bit unlucky when we hit the bar and there were a few situations in the box, but that’s football.'