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West Bromwich Albion remain 20th in the Premier League table after 3-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight, which means the Baggies are currently seven points adrift of safety.

Manager Alan Pardew reflected on the game: “It’s frustrating how many games I’ve sat afterwards and rued missed chances, we knew Chelsea were slightly wounded from their two recent defeats. We put high pressure on them, took some risks in terms of our set-up hoping to get an early chance”.

“It was unfortunate Jay didn’t take that touch into towards goal because I think he’s got an easy chance then. He takes it early, maybe thinks the goalie is not set and that would have been a major blow to Chelsea and changed the dynamic of the game. Again at 1-0 we had a big chance with Salomon”.

“A goal gives everybody a lift and we just couldn’t get it. Jonny Evans’ header was also at 1-0. Three big chances. When you come to a top club like this, with top players, you’ve got to hurt them and we couldn’t do that.”

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More from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who spoke after his side’s home win against West Bromwich Albion thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Victor Moses.

The Italian boss said: “For sure I have to thank the fans. They showed me great support because I think they are reading speculation and rumours about me. I’m grateful to the fans for supporting me in this way. It means that, maybe in our 18 months together, they understand my passion and my will to defend these colours, this shirt, this badge. I want to thank them”.

“To feel this atmosphere around me is very important. It’s very important to feel that people appreciate my work here in Chelsea.

“For sure, for me it’s important. I repeat: me and the players are trying to do our best to give them the best satisfaction. Sometimes we can do this, sometimes not, but the will is always present.”

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After tonight win against WBA Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was relieved to have found some confidence before some important clashes like the upcoming ones against Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City:

“What I know is that tonight was fundamental to get three points back, to win this game, especially to find again some confidence, because when you lose two matches in a row in a bad way the confidence decreases,” the Italian coach claimed after the final whistle.

“It was also important for us to have some rest and we rested for two days.

“We started the game with a few confidence, we made some mistakes, West Brom could have scored but we were back in the game, we scored and we could have scored even more goals.

 

“It was important to overcome this hard moment.

“Now we have important clashes, like the one against Barcelona, and we had to find our confidence again before facing them.”

 

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Chelsea are currently 5th in the Premier League table after Tottenham and Liverpool won their matches against Arsenal (Saturday) and Southampton (today). The Blues will go 4th if they beat West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night, and they would close the gap on Manchester United following the Red Devils‘s disappointing defeat at Newcastle.

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Antonio Conte sent a message to Chelsea board about his future at the club.

After winning the title last year the Italian manager is now under pressure after a bad run of results that are putting Chelsea participation to next Champions League at risk:

“You continue to work with a manager or coach not because of what he achieves in one season but because you trust in him,” Conte said.

“Then you build something with him.

“But it doesn’t mean you have to win something, because that’s not simple. Not easy. Especially in England.

“The way I look at it, you can win [a trophy] but, at the same time, the club might not be happy to stay with you. In that case, [they might consider] it’s right to send the coach away. 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.

“There are two ways. There is a stupid way and an intelligent way. This is my opinion. At the same time, I have great respect for everyone’s opinion. If the club decides to send me away, I don’t know when, it’ll be because they’re not happy with my work. As you know very well, my contract expires in 2019. From my point of view, there is the will to stay and continue to work for this club.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of Monday Night‘s clash against West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues, who have to bounce back from their recent defeats against Bournemouth at home and Watford at Vicarage Road, need the support of the crowd: “For sure. I have to say thanks to the fans” Conte said

“Because from the start of my experience with Chelsea they try to stay behind me in every game, they continue to do this and I am very proud of this”.

“They understand I am giving all of myself to this club, and I want to say thanks to the fans. They deserve the best and I try with my players to give them the best satisfaction”.

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During today’s press conference to preview the game against West Bromwich Albion Antonio Conte was asked if he regretted letting Michy Batshuayi go on loan to Borussia Dortmund in light of the revelation that Alvaro Morata’s back injury could be a long-term one.

The Italian boss took a moment to compose himself before sinking his face into his despairing hands then replied:

 

“Now the transfer market has finished,” said Conte, upon regaining his composure

“We took the decision and now this is not important to say, we could do this or the other. Now we have to finish the season in the best possible way.”

 

 

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Antonio Conte comes out in this delicate moment for Chelsea claiming his commitment to the club hasn’t changed lately:

“I’m not thinking for only one moment about the possibility of going away from this club. I repeat, my commitment is totally for this club, like that of my players,” the Italian said in today’s press conference.

“But, as you know very well, because we are talking about football a lot of times – I don’t agree with this – the coach depends on the results.

“For this reason, we have to pay great attention.

“When you have this period with such poor results, you have to divide the responsibility between me, the players and the club.

“We have to try to stop this bad run and to try to get three points against West Brom.

“It won’t be easy because in this type of situation the confidence is not high but we have to trust in our work.”

Conte opted to give his players three days off following Monday’s humilation against Watford when they conceded three goals in the final six minutes.

With a two-legged Champions League tie against Barcelona coming up, the Blues boss felt this week was a rare opportunity for his players to have a break.

“I think it was the only moment in the season to give them a rest. I think in the future it will be very important to try (to create) a little space, a little room with the federation (FA) to try to give rest to the players,” he said.

Speaking about the disappointing performance at Vicarage Road, he added:

“I think Watford was a really bad game but it can happen. Our performance was totally negative.

“The performance was negative from the start and we didn’t create the chances to score. I think that the coach has to understand and try to find the best solution to avoid this type of situation. I didn’t like the Watford performance.”

 

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Juventus and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini reveals how is to work under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who was his coach both in the Turin club and the Italian national team:

“Conte is like a police sergeant,” he told the Daily Mail.

“We felt something very special in his atmosphere, for three years with him at Juventus and two years in the national team. When you finish training, you are dead. Not tired, dead.

“You can do it only because you believe in what he does. We had 40 days in France[Euro 2016] and it was like entering another world. You are 100 percent with him. He creates an atmosphere, everyone gives energy to each other. For sure he is one of the very best.”

Italy will have to miss out on this year’s major tournament after their playoff loss to Sweden, the first time they will miss out on the World Cup for over 60 years.

“Honestly, it will be like a dagger in my stomach,” said Chiellini on not being in Russia, “It will not be a good month. I will see bits and check the scores but I can’t imagine sitting at the TV to watch the World Cup at home.”

“Pep Guardiola spoiled and ruined the Italian defenders. He is a fantastic coach with a fantastic mind but Italian trainers have tried to copy him without the same knowledge and then in the last 10 years, we lost our identity.”

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According to many speculations and reports across Europe, Chelsea are looking for a new manager for next season to replace Antonio Conte.

Spanish newspaper SPORT, for example, claim the Blues are working to sign Luis Enrique, but, at least at the moment, they don’t want to sack Conte, as, in doing so, they would have to pay him a huge compensation fee.

The name of the former As Roma and Barcelona manager isn’t however the only one linked to Chelsea as it is understood Roman Abramovich is keen on Maurizio Sarri, Napoli’s coach as reported, for example by the Gazzetta dello Sport in the last few days. 

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