Conte said: “We didn’t play a good game and United deserved to win the game. They showed more desire, more ambition, more motivation to win.
“It is very simple but in this case the fault is of the coach. It means the coach wasn’t able to transfer the right concentration, desire, ambition to win this type of game.
“We have to think that there are six finals from now until the end. The league is open and we have a 50 per cent probability to win the league.”
Chelsea’s immediate attention now switches to the FA Cup but, interestingly, they play in-form Spurs in their semi-final at Wembley next Saturday.
Conte said: “It won’t be easy because I think Tottenham now are the best team and they are in great form and they have a lot of enthusiasm. They are feeling the possibility to write the history.”
A few weeks ago, you could have forgiven one of the more flamboyant bookies paying out on a Chelsea title.
Chelsea were slipping through the gears and the only team really on their heels were Tottenham Bottlespur. But Spurs did the unthinkable and showed resolve.
The absence of Harry Kane didn’t cause mayhem and instead of capitalising on their advantage, the Blue Racists have steadily conceded ground.
“The league is open and we have a 50 per cent probability to win the league” sounds like Conte is well and truly on the back foot.