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Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton believes Chelsea boss Antonio Conte ran out of ideas in the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

“This was the day that Antonio Conte seemed to have run out of ideas,” Sutton told Daily Mail.

“In a must-win game against bitter rivals, Chelsea were utterly outclassed.

“From the moment Tottenham got their noses in front, there was only going to be one winner.

“Chelsea failed to have a shot on target in the second half, but Conte waited until the 81st minute to bring on a substitute to try to change the game.

“Was he trying to make another point to Roman Abramovich that he does not have the squad depth to compete?

“If so, he picked completely the wrong time to protest.

“Chelsea are a shadow of last season’s champions. From being the master tactician who took the Premier League by storm with three at the back, Conte has now seen opponents find a way to beat his team nine times this season.

“I have sympathy for the Italian. He is an infectious character and the Chelsea fans have stuck by him. He is a proud man and, while a top four spot looks almost impossible now, the FA Cup presents an opportunity to go out on a high.

“But what will be most worrying for Conte was his team’s lack of fight.

“When Chelsea have had their backs to the wall, such as against Barcelona in the Champions League, they have still had a bit about them.

“To lose in this manner against Tottenham suggests that Conte’s era is coming to a disappointing end.

“Conte said he did not want a ‘Mourinho season’. He is not far off.”

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