September 22, 2020, 15:53

Antonio Conte explains why he’s ‘different’ to Chelsea predecessors

Antonio Conte explains why he’s ‘different’ to Chelsea predecessors

Antonio Conte says he is satisfied with the work he is doing and what he has done for the club

Antonio Conte says he is not worried about his future at Chelsea and is “different” to managers who have come before him at Stamford Bridge.

Despite winning the Premier League title just six months ago, there has been speculation that Conte’s position at Chelsea is under threat, with the Blues fourth in the table ahead of their home match with Manchester United on Nissan Super Sunday.

But Conte says his focus is on improving his team, rather than worrying about off-the-pitch issues.

“My worry is to try to improve my players, to work with them, to find the best solution for the club and to give satisfaction to the fans, because they deserve the best,” he told Sky Sports.

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Asked about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich visiting the training ground this week, Conte added: “It’s very strange to have this type of question…I think this question is about what happened in the past at this club.

“I am different. I am a different coach. A different person. I am not worried. I am not worried about this situation. I continue to do my job and my work. I think my club is satisfied with the work I am doing, a really fantastic job at Chelsea, but football is strange.

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“When I finish my work here and I go to my home I am really satisfied with what I am doing with this club.”

Chelsea suffered a setback in midweek as they were beaten 3-0 by Roma in the Champions League.

Speaking after the game, Conte described the second-half performance as “really bad” and called on his side to “dig deeper” in response.

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“During a season you have different moments, up and down, but you have to hope in a good team to have good stability,” he said ahead of the clash with United. “When you have these moments you have to find strength to overcome the difficulty and then to work together to improve the situation.

“It’s a normal moment for me. Every manager must be prepared to face every situation. In the league we have the points we deserve, we are very close to going through in the Champions League and we are in the Carabao Cup.

“The most important thing for me is the work, my job, and then to go to my house to be satisfied with my work.”

Watch the full interview with Antonio Conte on Soccer Saturday


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