Chelsea Title Challenge Impossible After West Ham Loss: Conte

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Conte's bleak assessment of his side's title chances came after a limp 1-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday, and his worst fears were confirmed at Old Trafford on Sunday, when Manchester City extended their winning streak to 14 Premier League games with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United. 'When you lose four games, my previous experience tells me that it is very possible to stay and fight for the title'. Beaten and outplayed by Manchester City.

Burnley are level on points with the two north London heavyweights after Scott Arfield scored in a 1-0 home win over Watford, who had Marvin Zeegelaar sent off for a studs-up foul on Steven Defour. A shock collapse against Crystal Palace, and then losing to the struggling Hammers.

He added: "To speak about the title race after a defeat is a bit unusual, especially if this is the fourth defeat of the season, after 16 games". "When you have this task it is impossible to think that you are in the title race".

ANTONIO CONTE, Blues manager, admits his side have blown hot and cold this term. That was at Serie A side Atalanta, where he was sacked in January 2010.

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Slamming Conte for using fatigue as an excuse, he said: "In terms of fixtures, they had it easier past year with no Champions League".

He made it clear he believes one of the reasons for his side's stuttering progress this season is the lack of options in his squad.

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'But when you play every game in two days nearly always with the same players, it can happen'.

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He added, "I said before that this season would be very, very tough, very hard, and this is the truth".

One player whom Chelsea covet is Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, although Conte tried not to be too vocal about transfers in his post-match press conference.

"This target is very important for me, for the players and for all".

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