Chelsea FC: Antonio Conte says fixture congestion is not a ‘coincidence’

Chelsea FC: Antonio Conte says fixture congestion is not a 'coincidence'

‘Once it can happen. Twice it can happen. The third time, you start to be perplexed.’

Antonio Conte has suggested there is a fixture conspiracy against his Chelsea side.

Chelsea play Newcastle at 12.30 on Saturday, having beaten Swansea 1-0 on Wednesday, 24 hours after the Magpies drew 2-2 at West Brom.

Conte has previously complained about Chelsea’s fixture schedule in relation to matches with Manchester City, Watford and Liverpool following European games. And the Italian expressed his frustrations again on Friday.

“Now it’s very difficult to think this is a coincidence,” Conte said.

“This is the fourth time. I’m not stupid, if someone wants to joke with me I’m not the right person to joke (with).

“Once it can happen. Twice it can happen. The third time, you start to be perplexed. In only 14 games (it has happened) four times.

“Every team has this type of situation. But from start of the season, I don’t know, I see only Chelsea to have this type of situation.

“I don’t want advantages. If we have to play every two days, I’m ready. But we need to have the same rest as our opponents, then we see what happens.

“Is it difficult to do this? I don’t think so. It is a strange coincidence.”

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