Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Too much being made of Chelsea's troubles - Conte

Too much being made of Chelsea's troubles - Conte

According to Evening Standard, the Italian boss is anxious this could last the rest of the season.

Alvaro Morata remains out for the hosts with a recurring back problem, and Antonio Conte admitted he is unsure how long the Spaniard will be out for.

In an interview with Movistar+, to be aired in full later this month, Morata said he was happy at Stamford Bridge, but he may be interested in heading back to Madrid. "My commitment and that of my players is totally for this club".

Morata, who came through the youth system at Madrid, scored 31 goals for the LaLiga giants before eventually leaving in a permanent deal a year ago. But, maybe, we are increasing the difficulty of this team. And all this after winning the Premier League title last season.

He still believes he has the backing of the dressing room, adding: "I don't think talking about my future can affect the players". I understand that we have to live with this pressure, and it's okay for me. "I'm not thinking for one moment about the possibility of going away from this club", he said.

Antonio Conte has thanked Chelsea fans for the support they have shown him. After you play a lot of games every three days, it's very hard for every player, especially if you go through in every competition like we have.

Rumours about the Italian leaving Stamford Bridge have been fuelled by successive losses to Bournemouth and Watford which have left the London club 19 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City and battling to secure a top-four finish. If I remember, there were two teams everyone spoke about fighting for the title, both from Manchester.

At the same time, you can trust in a coach and his work and continue with him even if you don't win, and try and build something important. Not easy. Especially in England, it's not simple.

The defending Premier League champions allowed Serbia global Nemanja Matic to move to title rivals Manchester United in a £40m deal back in August.

Chelsea have employed eight different managers over the last 10 years. In that case, [they might consider] it's right to send the coach away. There is a stupid way and an intelligent way.

Two cornerstones in Chelsea's defensive line, Conte will be praying that they are fit in time to face Barcelona in the Champions League. But to try and forecast is very hard.

Now one of the most obvious reasons behind Wolves wanting to stay up is, you guessed it, so that they can gain a measure of revenge on their bitter rivals.

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