Antonio Conte says his Chelsea future rests on trust not trophies

Antonio Conte says his Chelsea future rests on trust not trophies

Antonio Conte said Friday that his Chelsea players must take their share of the blame for recent poor results but repeated his commitment to the reigning Premier League champions.

The build up to the West Brom game is again being clouded by analysis of Antonio Conte's future at the club.

"I don't know. It's very hard to ever criticise our squad in terms of work-rate or commitment, is it a confidence thing? I want to tell thanks to the fans because they deserve the best and I will try with my players to give them my best".

"We are in the FA Cup competition, and we reached the semi-finals in the [EFL] Cup".

For years we have seen Leicester and West Brom thrive meanwhile the other East and West Midlands clubs struggle, but now, there is a serious possibility of five teams representing the region in 2018/19. But, maybe, we are increasing the difficulty [ahead] of this team because it seems that we are fighting for the relegation zone. Against Bournemouth we created chances to score but we weren't so clinical and we paid a lot. "Now I think this is not important to say "we could have done this" or "we should have done that", the Italian manager said.

"I'm sure this team will fight back".

The former Juventus forward hit the ground running when he first moved to England, scoring eight goals in his first nine matches, but since then his form has significantly dipped, as Chelsea went three consecutive games drawing 0-0 last month - the first in the clubs history.

"We started behind. For this reason, there is too much speculation around this club, around me, around this team".


Merson believes Arsenal have missed out on many top managers, "I think it ticks all the boxes".

"I didn't recognise us... It's OK for me and my players". At the same time, I have great respect for every opinion.

Conte's future with the troubled Premier League champions was cast into doubt on Monday (Feb 5) after a dismal 4-1 defeat against Watford.

"In my vision, you can win but, at the same time, the club might not be happy to stay with you". It's okay for me and my players. It's finished. We took a decision.

The opposite is true and to the point where it might be said that it is not the nerve of Conte most in question now but the pattern of Abramovich's control of his club and the coaches he picks and tosses away, sometimes as if they were not much more than casual labour.

'I think there are two ways.

"For this reason, it's right to send the coach away".

"Every single player knows we have to try to improve the results and play better".

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