Antonio Conte has complained that Chelsea signed too many players this season to create a solid “foundation”.
Conte has taken to hitting out at Chelsea’s activity in the transfer market this season, most regularly claiming their squad was too weak to compete.
The reigning champions signed three players in the January transfer window to add to the six first-team players who joined in the summer.
But Conte has now pointed the finger of blame at signing too many players, meaning he wasn’t able to build a “basis” for success.
“Now we have to struggle to fight for a Champions League place – that is top,” he said.
“We must be realistic. We must be strong to accept this type of situation. Then, in the future, if there is the possibility, you have to try to buy only two or three players – not eight players.
“Don’t forget, this summer, we brought in eight players and spent a lot less than other teams who bought only two or three.
“We have to create a basis; we have to build something important. To do this, you must have 15 or 16 players. In the summer, we changed eight players. That means you don’t have a basis, a great foundation. We must have great patience to understand the moment.
“We lost strong, experienced players in the last few years, so we must have patience to understand that, now, we have to appreciate the moment, be realistic, create a basis and then build something important to face big challenges with the other teams.”