Antonio Conte insists Chelsea must “improve the numbers and quality” in their squad over the summer, after the FA Cup final loss to Arsenal.
The Blues, who had earlier this month claimed the Premier League title, missed out on the double after a 2-1 defeat by the Gunners at Wembley on Saturday.
Speaking post-match to the BBC, the Italian said:
“This season we did something great with the players.
“We must be cold and analyse the situation.”
Chelsea became the first English side to record 30 top-flight victories in a 38-game season and finished seven points clear of London rivals Tottenham.
The Blues headed in to the FA Cup Final as firm favourites, but they were second best for the entire game. However, Conte urges some perspective.
“The most important thing is to give a correct evaluation of our season.
“It’s very important to understand that this season for us was incredible. Every single player put so much work in.
“For next season we must pay great attention and understand that we have to improve the numbers and the quality in the squad.”
Alexis Sanchez controversially put Arsenal ahead, after referee Anthony Taylor failed to spot the blatant handball by the Columbian and incorrectly deemed the offside Ramsey was not interfering with play.
Chelsea were then reduced to 10 men in the second half following a foolish Victor Moses’ second yellow card.
And although Diego Costa equalised to give the Blues a glimmer of hope, Aaron Ramsey headed in the winner three minutes later.
After the game, Conte refuted claims his players struggled to raise themselves for the final having already secured the league title.
“We won the league and it was right to celebrate and enjoy this win,
“My players put all of themselves into the game, maybe our start wasn’t good and the impact and approach wasn’t good and Arsenal pushed a lot.
“We paid for this start.”