Conte: It's been a 'disaster' convincing Chelsea board to sign players


The Blues will be without Tiemoue Bakayoko after his red card in the defeat at Vicarage Road on Monday night, with Andreas Christensen facing a late fitness test on his way back from a hamstring problem.

"But, if I have time to work with the players and you have the whole week, and you try to start the week with physical session, then in midweek I start to go on the tactical aspect and prepare the game. Especially in England, it's not simple". "I've been here before at this club - it's about staying calm". In that case, 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. "I have, usually, a great respect [for fellow managers]".

"When you've got one of those at the top of the pitch they're very hard to replace". Chelsea's Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup fates are on the line, not to mention the future of Antonio Conte.

The game took a comical turn, with Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas being dismissed midway through the first half for kicking the ball at Chris Brunt from 20 yards away, perfectly hitting the northern Irishman. My task is this and, for this, I'm very good.

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He said on Chelsea's official website: "Honestly, I don't think talk about my future can affect the players".

Gennaro Gattuso is now in charge, but his future will depend on how they finish the season - and Champions League qualification rests exclusively on winning the Europa League. Having also crashed out of the Carabao Cup to Arsenal, it has been a stressful start to 2018 for the champions, with serious questions being raised over Antonio Conte's job.

"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 think that we are ready to face the game against West Brom, and then to play against Hull City, and then Barcelona". But I think I'm a bit of a disaster to convince the club to buy players.

Asked if it was unusual Enrique was being so openly talked of as he successor, he added: "You must be open and understand the situation can change".