Failing at a first season double hasn’t taken the shine off a fine first season for Antonio Conte at Chelsea.
The Italian mastermind was adamant that his season was great, and that his side just had a rough day at the office on Saturday.
That’s not just about form, either. There was, depending on your viewpoint, either a handball, offside, both, or neither in the run-up to Arsenal’s first goal, and Victor Moses was sent-off for diving when it appeared that he anticipated a body challenge that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain never provided.
Did it look like a dive? Yep. Was it? No, but that’s soccer. Here’s Conte’s thoughts on both:
“It’s a clear handball – it’s very clear. I don’t understand why the referee didn’t see this situation. It can happen. Players can make mistakes – referees too. At the end of the season I saw a lot of mistakes against us. Manchester United, Bournemouth. We were unlucky.”
“The Moses yellow card was a key moment. It’s very difficult to tell [whether it was a yellow] – I saw contact with Moses and the defender, but was there contact for a penalty? I don’t know.”
Again, I don’t believe there was diving intent by Moses yet understand why Anthony Taylor saw what he saw. As for the Sanchez handball and Ramsey offside… different story.