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.”