Neville left surprised by ‘subdued’ Conte, who ‘lacked belief’

Date published: Monday 17th April 2017 11:25

Gary Neville believes that Chelsea’s players did not turn up against Manchester United on Sunday – but neither did manager Antonio Conte.

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera dealt Conte’s side a 2-0 loss at Old Trafford as they saw their lead at the top of the Premier League cut to just four points following Tottenham’s thrshing of Bournemouth on Saturday.

Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso missed the game through injury and Sky Sports commentator Neville felt the enthusiasm that the Italian has shown throughout his first campaign in English football was was missing on Super Sunday.

“Chelsea didn’t turn up and where was Conte today?” he asked.

“You talk about the players, but the manager has been so active on the touchline all season and you expected him to get them going, raging up and down the touchline.

“He seemed a little subdued today, like he lacked belief. For me, Chelsea didn’t turn up.”

Conte said after the match that Manchester United showed “more motivation” than his side and Neville felt the Italian’s demeanour during the match was a “worry” as Chelsea look to wrap another title success during the final six matches of the season.

He added: “If he was subdued in his interview after the game I think you can accept that because his team just haven’t performed today. They were really poor.

“I was more worried about him being subdued during the game because he’s been so active on the touchline all season. It was almost like seeing Jurgen Klopp just stood there.

“He spent most of the first half doing this [stroking his chin] today. That was the worrying thing for me; that he didn’t turn up himself.

“His character, his personality and his demeanour that everyone has enjoyed all season and loved, hugging fans, running up and down the touchline and shouting at players to hurry after the ball didn’t turn up today.

“He didn’t turn up during the match. He was subdued and I don’t know why that was.”

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