Chelsea may well have scored one of the luckiest goals of the season at Anfield yesterday, but Antonio Conte believes the hosts were fortunate to get a point.
Willian’s chipped cross late on floated over the head of Simon Mignolet to cancel out Mo Salah’s opener as the spoils were shared 1-1.
Afterwards Willian claimed his effort was intentional and labelled it “beautiful”, while Conte thought the Brazilian’s effort was no more than Chelsea deserved after their display on Merseyside.
Conte, who made five changes to his side that defeated Qarabag, said: “I think we played in a really good way. We had a good tactical plan and it was difficult for Liverpool to make chances to score.
“It was a tactical decision, especially in the first half, to be very solid and then to try to be dangerous in possession.
“The game changed in the second half. We dominated the game and created many chances to score. Liverpool was lucky to score and then to draw.
“I think we must be pleased. Both teams played with a great intensity from the start to the end.
“It was very difficult to play this game after a long travel and no rest for my players, and also because when you play at Anfield it is not simple.
“In our best moment we conceded the goal and were unlucky. But at the same time I was very happy to see a great reaction from my players, with the way they fought and didn’t accept a bad result at Liverpool.”
Speaking about Willian’s equaliser, a laughing Conte said: “I must be honest, I didn’t speak with the players about it but it’s not important, only important to score.
“We conceded the first goal in an unlucky way. I think it was a fair result but maybe in the end we deserved more.”