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Missed chances story of Chelsea’s season: Conte

By Andy Sims

Antonio Conte felt Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with West Ham summed up their frustrating season.

The Blues dominated the match at Stamford Bridge but had only Cesar Azpilicueta’s first-half goal to show for it.

Alvaro Morata had two goals disallowed for offside while West Ham keeper Joe Hart suddenly began to display the sort of form which not so long ago made him England’s undisputed No.1.

And within three minutes of coming on as a second-half sub, Javier Hernandez swept in an equaliser to snatch a point.

The stuttering champions are now 10 points behind Tottenham and Blues boss Conte admits a top-four finish looks an increasingly forlorn hope.

“We must be realistic,” he said. “You must win this game if you want to reach a target, in this case we want to reach a place in the Champions League.

“This season we have struggled and this game describes our season. In many games you have good performances, you create chances, but if you are not clinical...

“How many times have I said we didn’t take chances? A lot of times, and then with one chance we conceded a goal.”

Hammers boss David Moyes, whose side are now six points above the relegation zone, said: “I thought we played against a really slick Chelsea team in the first half, we gave away a poxy goal, so I was thrilled to get in at half-time only a goal down.

“Joe Hart showed why he has so many caps and so many medals, so that will be good for him.

“Our position is not comfortable enough yet. From where we are I want to try and push us on.”

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