"I think that, 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", he added. For this reason, I'm a bit anxious. "I don't know how long he will be out", said Conte. "My commitment and that of my players is totally for this club". But, as you know very well because we are talking about football, a lot of times - and I don't agree with this - (the future of) the manager and the coach depends on the results. In this case, we are having poor results. "But it won't be easy because in this type of situation the confidence is not high". Yes, they have been England's most successful team since Abramovich bought the club in 2003 after bagging 14 major honours, but there's no guarantee that this cycle of hiring and firing will continue to reap dividends.
A senior Chelsea chief even told the player that Conte could be axed before the end of the season. The next few fixtures will definitely make or break Chelsea's season, and most definitely Conte's future, as they look ahead to three cup competitions.
Both Costa and Matic were important players in Chelsea FC's title successes in 2015 and 2017, and the title holders have struggled without the key duo this term. But to try and forecast is very hard. "Now I think this is not important to say "we could have done this" or "we should have done that", the Italian manager said. Two bad results but against Bournemouth we created chances but weren't too clinical.
Chelsea's kids nearly made it to Wembley on Tuesday but the under-21s lost a penalty shoot-out 4-2 to League two side Lincoln City after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes, in the EFL Trophy semi-final at Sincil Bank. l Second place Chelsea Ladies go in search of three points in their WSL1 match at Birmingham City Ladies on Saturday. The Brazilian's performance on his first Premier League start since October at Vicarage Road attracted widespread criticism, but Conte insisted that he has fully recovered from the knee inflammation that prolonged his absence from the team and is "in contention" for Monday's game.