Chelsea boss Conte reacts to Victor Moses sending off

FA Cup By: Ambrose Udeme | 28/05/2017

Chelsea boss Conte reacts to Victor Moses sending off

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has refused to blame Victor Moses for his side's defeat to Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup final which denied the Italian a season double.

The Nigerian international was shown a second yellow card as he clearly dived in a desperate attempt to win a penalty as Chelsea chased an equaliser, making Chelsea's task even harder.

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Conte in a post match reaction said: "I think the first goal was very strange. The first half we didn't start well, we didn't have the right approach and we suffered in first 25 minutes. We started to play better in the second half and the red card was decisive.

"There is disappointment for the final result but it can happen and there was a lot of pressure. Victor Moses has been good and played an important season.

"Our season was incredible to win the league in this way, it was great but now it's important to look forward and to restart." said Conte on BBC Sports

However, the Italian in an interview on the Blues' website when asked about the decision to show Moses a second yellow card said he saw contact.

"For me now it’s very difficult to tell because I saw contact with Moses and their player but I don’t know if it was a penalty or not. It was one of the key moments."

The Blues had fallen behind to a highly controversial Alexis Sanchez goal inside the opening four minutes when the Chilean fired home having handled the ball in the build-up and with Aaron Ramsey seemingly in an offside position and interfering with play.

The dismissal of Moses, who was shown a second yellow card for simulation, didn’t help their cause, but 14 minutes from time the 10 men equalised through a brilliant Diego Costa strike. Arsenal’s response, however, was almost immediate as Ramsey arrived in the box to head home the decisive goal.