Antonio Conte chuckles over Chelsea's historic trend

Florence Fletcher
January 28, 2018

"I'm a coach. My life is on the pitch, to try to improve my players, to try to put my idea of football on the pitch".

I want always to look at the present, to look in front of me.

"I don't see difference between them and me and other coaches that managed this situation".

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is keeping his head down amid reports that there is a break in relations with Blues leadership.

And the Italian, speaking ahead of Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie with one-time Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez's Newcastle, did little to diffuse the situation when given the opportunity to subdue the speculation.

"At the same time, I think I'm very honest". I think to watch the game many times is important to understand positive things and negative things and to try to improve your team especially when you lose.

Conte says he predicted a hard campaign last summer, when he said Chelsea must avoid a "Mourinho season".

So bad have relations become, the pair are communicating through Carlo Cudicini, once a Chelsea goalkeeper and now one of Conte's assistants (although you may remember him best for his role as the Republic of Ireland under-21s goalkeeping coach).

Mourinho signs new contract at United
Rather, he is stationed up high and looks to be more of an outlet when United try to counter, with his dribbling capabilities. I hope that Sanchez's arrival doesn't mean that Marcus Rashford will be edged out of the team.

Carson Wentz's road to recovery probably remains same distance, just bumpier
As he was walking off the field with his cane, he shared a quick celebration with Millville's Mike Trout. Wentz said he believes this is just the beginning of a long run for the Eagles as Super Bowl contenders.

95 dead, 158 wounded in Afghan attack
The target was apparently an Interior Ministry building but the victims were mainly people who happened to be in the street. He's worked at Newsday since 2016.

"I don't have this worry".

Conte, who sees Chelsea sitting third in the Premier League table with a three-point gap in either direction, has seen its prospects for a trophy this season diminish after a loss to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semifinals.

One of the issues which needs to resolved at Stamford Bridge concerns Eden Hazard's future, with the Belgium global yet to commit to fresh terms amid ongoing talk of interest from Real Madrid . His deal still expires in June 2019.

The Blues who crashed out of the Carabao Cup last Wednesday after losing 2-1 on aggregate to Arsenal could welcome Cesc Fabregas back to the squad as they look to return to winning ways at Stamford Bridge.

"You have to fight the reality to try sometimes to overcome the reality, like last season, and to try to do something special".

However, Conte backtracked on previous comments on Friday, saying Chelsea's strategy is "right" and he will be happy even if the club do not make any more signings in January.

"But for sure it is not simple, not easy".

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER