Antonio Conte feels that speculations over his future will not affect the players and their performances
Chelsea has hit a snag at the worst possible time in the season. They have lost back-to-back games against unfancied sides with a handsome margin right before a season-defining clash against Barcelona. Conte’s men face the Catalans in the Round of 16 tie of the Champions League.
They will face bottom-placed West Brom on Monday to get back to winning ways ahead of the crunch match. With Antonio Conte’s future coming under scrutiny, the Italian has insisted that the speculations will not be affecting his players’ performances.
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Conte said that the players are “getting used to” the uncertainty that surrounds his future at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking in the weekly press conference before the match, Conte said, “Honestly, I don’t think talk about my future can affect the players. Otherwise, from the first game we lost against Burnley, it could happen.”
Conte further added, “I think my players are getting used to these rumours, to this speculation, but for sure I am very happy with the commitment of my players, the behaviour of my players because they show me every day that they want to overcome this situation.”
Antonio Conte is tipped to be sacked come the end of this season or even before. Several replacements have been touted including the likes of Maurizio Sarri, Luis Enrique and even Marco Silva.
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The season cannot be deemed a failure just yet with the Blues alive in the FA Cup and the Champions League. Should they succeed in either of those along with a top 4 finish, then Conte would have earned a stay on his departure.
Conte is still one of the best managers in world football. However, his strong and outspoken personality has been a problem for the Chelsea. He has repeatedly aired his frustrations regarding Chelsea’s dealings in the transfer market. This, more than the results, has forced Chelsea to consider parting ways with the Italian. I personally believe that he should be given a longer leash given his achievements with the club last season.