Antonio Conte has claimed that Chelsea’s hopes of another Premier League title are over after defeat to West Ham today (via The Guardian).

It was always going to be a tough season for Antonio Conte and Chelsea.

The Italian manager set pretty high standards last term, winning the Premier League title in his debut season and following that up was always going to be hard.

However, Chelsea haven’t really got going in the Premier League and Saturday’s disastrous 1-0 defeat to West Ham United left the Blues 11 points behind Manchester City.

Now, Conte has claimed that Chelsea’s title challenge is over.

“To talk about the title race after a defeat, I think it a bit strange,” Conte said after the match. “Especially as this is the fourth defeat this season in 16 games.

“When you have this task it is impossible to think that you are in the title race. My experience is this: if you want to stay in the race for the title, in the first part of the season you can lose once or twice. After 16 games, if you lose four, it means you never started this race.

“I said before that this season would be very, very tough, very difficult, and this is the truth. If you want to stay in the title race, you must give continuity – continuity in the result. This is not our case this season.”

Unless Manchester City implode in the coming weeks, it is perhaps a harsh truth from Conte. Chelsea haven’t really got going this season and are certainly hindered by the size of the squad. However, a string of results could change everything.