Antonio Conte has accused his players of not being clinical enough in front of goal this season following Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham. The Blues desperately needed to win the London derby to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. But after taking the lead through Alvaro Morata, Tottenham came back through a wonder goal from Christian Eriksen and a double from Dele Alli. MORE: FOOTBALL West Brom sack Alan Pardew with Baggies facing Premier League relegation Not just Salah: Guardiola names the Liverpool stars he fears ahead of CL clash Aubameyang reveals the class reason he let Lacazette take Arsenal’s penalty Dele Alli scored twice for the visitors (Getty) Speaking after the match, Conte felt his team should have been in a better position at half-time when they went in at 1-1. ‘I think our first-half was really good and I think if the first-half finished with the scoreline at 2-0 it would be more fair. Then with the second-half we started well then we concede a second goal and we lost the confidence. It was very difficult to come back. ‘It’s a pity because we all know the chance that we had to try to reduce the gap with Tottenham – now the situation is very difficult for Champions League next season.’ Christian Eriksen scored just before the break (Getty) At this stage last season Chelsea were top of the table and on their way to the title, but this term they are rooted in fifth place. Conte pointed towards a lack of clinical finishing for the dramatic decline. ‘I think in this season in many games we had many chances but we didn’t score. Last season we were more clinical. In this game I saw Tottenham do this. They scored chances they had and they won the game. It’s a pity.’ Alvaro Morata scored his first goal since Boxing Day (Getty) MORE: CHELSEA FC Former Chelsea manager claims Antonio Conte ‘can’t wait’ to leave the club Eriksen explains why he screamed at Son after Tottenham’s third goal vs Chelsea Tottenham make Premier League history with 3-1 win over Chelsea Some may point to the loss of Diego Costa for the change, with Conte freezing the Spain international out before the striker left for Atletico Madrid. His replacement, Morata, has struggled for goals during some periods of the season. Conte says his team won’t give up on finishing in the top four but concedes they will need other results to go their way as they look to close the eight point gap. ‘We must try until the end to catch a place in Champions League. In this case it’s Tottenham and Liverpool and we must try to get three points in every game to see what happens.