Antonio Conte says Chelsea would be 'stupid' to sack him as manager

Antonio Conte

Conte won't be sacked for now – reports

Antonio Conte has thanked Chelsea fans for the support they have shown him.

Conte's future with the troubled Premier League champions was cast into doubt on Monday (Feb 5) after a dismal 4-1 defeat against Watford.

"I'm very happy with their commitment and behaviour". This situation, I repeat, we are talking about a team that is fourth in the league, that is preparing to face the game against Barcelona.

"We are still in the FA Cup and reached the Carabao Cup semi-finals".

Champions Chelsea will remain without injured star striker Alvaro Morata against West Brom, while midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko serves a one-game ban following his red card against Watford.

"But, maybe, we are making it hard for this team".

"We are keeping our expectations".

The former Juventus coach won the league title at the first attempt last season but his side have failed to keep pace with runaway leaders Manchester City this time around. They would prefer, if he is to go, as expected, that he departs at the end of the season by mutual consent.

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Having publicly complained about Chelsea's failure to land his top transfer targets this season, Conte risked angering Abramovich last week when he questioned why the club hadn't given him a vote of confidence amid speculation over his future.

"I think that, maybe, you have to find a bit more balance". The 48-year-old would not be drawn on the criticism, however, stating: "Yeah, I think now the transfer market has finished, we took a decision".

"I think it's an opportunity that the manager probably felt we could switch off from football for a few days and come back re-energised and re-focused for the job in hand, and I think it will be beneficial", added Cahill. I like to play football and try to dominate the game.

He still has unfinished business saying: "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".

'Then you build something with him. 'If the club decides to send me away, it'll be because they're not happy with my work'. Not easy. Especially in England, it's not simple. And all this after winning the Premier League title last season.

"For this reason, it's right to send the coach away". There is a stupid way and an intelligent way'.

"I feel this month is very important". But to try and forecast is very hard.

"We have the right mentality because we are working well".

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