dglobalnews.com Chelsea dealt blow as Inter Milan manager refuses Antonio Candreva sale
Published: Sun, July 30, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Chelsea dealt blow as Inter Milan manager refuses Antonio Candreva sale

Chelsea dealt blow as Inter Milan manager refuses Antonio Candreva sale

Perisic doubled Inter's advantage in the second half before a freaky own goal from Geoffrey Kondogbia brought Chelsea back into the game at 2-1.

As for the game against Chelsea, Spalletti said: "We must have more personality when we have the ball possession".

Conte will have to work on Chelsea's defending, as they were repeatedly caught out on the counter and the offside trap failed within 120 seconds, Thibaut Courtois performing a fine save on Antonio Candreva.

Minutes later N'Golo Kante saw his shot blocked after good play from Marcos Alonso and new signing Alvaro Morata. Frustratingly, his best moves were clever turns near the halfway line and clipped passes across the pitch to spread the play, rather than the unsafe moments in the penalty box he is renowned for.

"It's hard for the team and playing against Chelsea and Bayern is not easy", the Italian said.

Chelsea will face Arsenal in the Community Shield on August 6, and begin their Premier League title defence against Burnley August 12 at Stamford Bridge.

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It overshadowed what had otherwise been an impressive performance by Inter, and in particular Manchester United target Perisic.

Inter sub Joao Mario should have made it 3-0 from Perisic's unselfish pass, but his low effort was saved by the boot of Courtois.

Goals from Stevan Jovetic and Ivan Perisic had put Inter into a commanding lead before a freakish Geoffrey Kondogbia own goal gave Chelsea hope of a recovery, and Spalletti believes his players need to focus on keeping intensity levels high.

"We have no replacements in his position, we want to keep him with us".

Daniele Padelli risked a repeat of his infamous own goal for Torino, caught out by a Milan Skriniar back-pass, but on the stroke of half-time Inter took the lead.

One of the most outrageous own goals ever scored was not enough to prevent Chelsea ending their pre-season tour with another defeat.

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