Much has been made of their form after three defeats in four matches, with some questioning whether Conte will remain at Stamford Bridge, but the Italian says the club's plight has been blown out of all proportion. "My commitment and the players are totally for this club". "They show me every day that they want to overcome this situation".
Fourth-placed Chelsea have won only two of their last 10 games in all competitions, plus a penalty shoot-out defeat of second-tier side Norwich City in the FA Cup third round.
"But we are not fighting in the relegation zone!"
"We are keeping our expectations".
Meanwhile, Chelsea appear to have moved on from Luiz after the Brazil international's return and star performances helped them win the title last season. They are last in the Premier League and Saturday's result left them five points from safety.
"I am not thinking for only one moment about the possibility to go away from this club", Conte told a news conference on Friday. I understand that we have to live with this pressure, and it's OK for me.
"I think it's an opportunity that the manager probably felt we could switch off from football for a few days and come back re-energised and re-focused for the job in hand, and I think it will be beneficial", added Cahill. It's okay for me and my players.
"In my opinion, you continue to work with a manager or coach not because of what he achieves in one season, but because you trust in him", Conte explained. Then you build something with him.
"They understand that I am giving all myself and maybe more for this club".
"But it does not mean you have to win a trophy, because that's not easy".
"For this reason, it's right to send the coach away". There are two ways [to run a club]. There is a stupid way and an intelligent way. His reputation did take a hit following his sacking by the Hornets, but he is considered to be a great interim prospect for the struggling Premier League champions.
"I feel this month is very important". Other times you have to fight for a place in the Champions League, like this season. It's finished. We took a decision.