Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Antonio Conte: Gary Cahill & Thibaut Courtois back Chelsea manager

Antonio Conte: Gary Cahill & Thibaut Courtois back Chelsea manager

"I know I'm coming from Messi, Suarez and Andres Iniesta, but I'm here now", Deulofeu said.

Chelsea head to Watford knowing three points are vital in the battle to finish in a UEFA Champions League spot for next season.

Conte, however, insisted he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge and see through his three-year contract until the summer of 2019. He wasn't able to secure the signings of the players he wanted at the club, particularly Alex Sandro and Fernando Llorente in the summer transfer window. "We go on the PlayStation and I play as Watford, they play as Chelsea, and I always beat them!" My intention, will and desire is to respect the contract.

Former Italy manager Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after his side failed to qualify for this year's World Cup in Russian Federation, knocked out over two legs in the qualifying playoff rounds against Sweden. I think that from the start of the season there are a lot of rumours around me. I'll go to London to talk to Conte.

"The speculation doesn't affect me". I am not interested in this.

Alonso is the top-scoring defender in Europe's top five leagues - and is now proving himself as one of the Premier League's best ever goalscorers from the back. We're preparing Casa Napoli, our new training centre, maybe even a new stadium.

It's hard to believe that this is largely the same squad that was so devastatingly effective last season, as it swept all challengers aside to claim the Premier League title at a canter.

The former Juventus manager, is however, is wary of throwing newly signed former Arsenal striker, Giroud straight into his starting line-up for Monday night's trip to Watford. We reached semi-final in Carabao Cup, compared to second round last season. "You have to look at again, as we saw with Mourinho, is there now a discord between the players and the manager?"

"We lost strong, experienced players in the last few years, so we must have patience to understand that, now, we have to appreciate the moment, be realistic, create a basis and then build something important to face big challenges with the other teams".

Before the market was pulled, it was only a 1/4 shot that Conte's axed before the crucial Champions League game against Barcelona.

"I try to continue to work to try to improve different aspects of my players, but today I think our performance was very poor", added Conte. He was out for 50 days and played 15 minutes in the game against Swansea.

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