Antonio Conte sent a clear message today during his press conference ahead of the Fa Cup‘s third round replay vs Norwich City: his task is to win games and to make the best choices for the club and all the players must accept this.
“I’m the coach. I decide. It’s not important if one player is happy or not. Only here is there this situation. You are very worried about whether a player is happy or not”. Conte replied to the journalists. “This is not important. My first task is to do the best for the team and the club. Not to make every player happy. Otherwise we’d risk finishing 20th in the table. Every press conference there is always this question about whether I’m worried about making my players happy. No. I’m worried to win”.
In particular, the question about players’ happiness was linked to Eden Hazard‘s situation, who Conte replaced in the last two games Chelsea played.
“We are talking about a player who, recently, had a bad injury in his ankle and surgery. Usually, when you have this type of situation, you must pay great attention,” Conte explained. “During the season you can have ups and downs. He missed the pre-season with us, too. I think that, with him, we are trying to find the best way. It’s normal that one player can’t keep always top of the form. But, like the others, my task is to try and improve him and try and put him in the best physical condition to take the best decision for the team during games. Not only for him, but for every single player”.