CONTE DOESN’T THINK HE HAD GOOD OPTIONS ON THE BENCH AGAINST ARSENAL

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Chelsea are out of the Carabao Cup after a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had to make a forced substitution in the first half in the Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal after Willian picked up an injury. And he brought on Ross Barkley for the injured Willian.

The Italian bemoaned the fact that he didn’t have good options on the bench to replace Willian.

Conte said after the game: “It is a pity because we had a good run in this competition, it is a pity for me, the players and fans.

“We started very well, played a good first half and in the second half I saw a lot of balance.

“When there is an injury to one of your best players it is not simple, especially when on the bench the only substitute is Ross Barkley.

“Barkley has a lot of space for improvement, he is working with us only two weeks but for sure today I was forced to make this substitution, but he can improve a lot.

When asked if he needs to sign new players, Conte added: “I don’t need anything, I’m a coach and I continue with my players.”

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