Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Antonio Conte fears he's a sufferer of his personal success

Antonio Conte fears he's a sufferer of his personal success

Chelsea's last attempted title defence in the 2015/16 season was nothing short of abysmal, one of the worst in Premier League history in fact.

Antonio Conte has begrudgingly claimed that he still needs to improve as a manager because he is a "disaster" at trying to convince the Chelsea hierarchy of opening their chequebooks during the January transfer window.

He said on Chelsea's official website: "Honestly, I don't think talk about my future can affect the players".

Conte's position at Stamford Bridge has been the subject of constant speculation, with Spaniard Enrique reportedly one of the prime candidates to replace him. 'If I have a player who is an eight, I take him to 10.

"I have to learn a lot from the other coaches, the other managers, in that aspect". I can speak about him very well, as a person and a coach.

"Yes, I have spoken with him".

We played against each other and he's a really good person.

Chelsea of course have been linked for a few weeks now as Antonio Conte's future has been thrown into even greater disarray than normal, though most sources agree that even if Conte gets the early boot, Luis Enrique wouldn't be taking over until the summer.

We do this job, and our job is not "difficult", but you must be open and understand the situation can change.

Chris Sutton believes Chelsea FC didn't sign enough players of quality to win the Champions League and retain the Premier League.

And Pardew believes the Premier League champions have suffered in part due to the departure of the Brazil-born Spain striker, who hit 20 goals last season before returning to Atletico Madrid. "I have, usually, a great respect [for fellow managers]".

"If the club decides to send me away, I don't know when, it'll be because they're not happy with my work".

But Conte has always insisted that he is fully committed to the club and squad, whose only focus is pushing on in the league and cup competitions.

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