rss

Category: Antonio Conte

0

Antonio Conte craves continuity – but time is never on your side at Chelsea | Jacob Steinberg

Champions head to Wembley on back of a farcical opening-day display that bore out their fraught summer – and their manager would like sturdier foundations

If Antonio Conte knows his history, he will be aware that time is not a luxury his predecessors at Chelsea have enjoyed in recent years. Patience has rarely been a virtue in Roman Abramovich’s world and at 3.45pm last Saturday, when Chelsea found themselves a man and 3-0 down to Burnley, it is unlikely that the owner was thinking about the bigger picture.

Related: Diego Costa is in Chelsea’s past and I wouldn’t pick him, says Antonio Conte

Continue reading…

0

Chelsea demand striker Diego Costa returns to club and gets match fit

• Forward set four conditions for repairing relations with the champions
• Comes after Costa claimed that club had treated him ‘like a criminal’

Chelsea have responded firmly to Diego Costa claims of maltreatment, demanding the striker return to training and get himself fit for first-team selection.

The Premier League champions have been forced to respond after Costa gave an interview from his home in Brazil where he claimed that Chelsea had treated him “like a criminal” over his desire to leave the club this summer.

Continue reading…

0

Antonio Conte tells Chelsea to show more fight but prays for new signings

Beaten 3-2 at home by a magnificent Burnley in their first league match, the champions now face Tottenham next Sunday with players suspended

For a few seconds after Sam Vokes had risen to meet Steven Defour’s cross to give Burnley an improbable 3-0 lead over the Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte stood staring into thin air with his hand resting impassively on his chin. The Chelsea manager has witnessed a lot during a decade in the dugout but watching his misfiring team succumb so meekly to a side who had recorded just one away victory last season surely must have been a new experience.

After a strange summer that has seen his employers spend the best part of £130m on new players yet go into the title defence looking considerably weaker than the outfit who swept all before them just a few months ago, the Italian then found himself fielding questions that suggested he had deliberately sabotaged his starting lineup in a bid to send a message to the club’s owner. Conte bristled visibly at that accusation, staring down his inquisitor before insisting “you don’t know me very well”, although quite what Roman Abramovich would have made of it all is anyone’s guess.

Continue reading…

0

Antonio Conte denies team selection was a message to Chelsea hierarchy

• Manager insists side wasn’t chosen to highlight lack of signings
• ‘My choice was to put out the best players that we have’

Antonio Conte denied that his team sheet was intended as any kind of message to the Chelsea hierarchy after a lineup stocked with kids on the bench and a 20-year-old making his first start lost to Burnley on the opening day of their title defence.

Related: Nine-man Chelsea shocked by Sam Vokes double for Burnley

Continue reading…

0

Cahill red card crucial in Chelsea’s loss to Burnley, says Conte – video

The Chelsea coach Antonio Conte says his side lost composure following Gary Cahill’s red card as the Blues lost 3-2 to Burnley on Saturday. The reigning Premier League champions were eventually reduced to nine men as Cesc Fàbregas too was sent off in the club’s opening game of the new season. Conte is also frustrated by suggestions his team selection was designed to send a message to the club’s hierarchy  

Continue reading…

0

Cahill red card crucial in Chelsea’s loss to Burnley, says Conte – video

The Chelsea coach Antonio Conte says his side lost composure following Gary Cahill’s red card as the Blues lost 3-2 to Burnley on Saturday. The reigning Premier League champions were eventually reduced to nine men as Cesc Fàbregas too was sent off in the club’s opening game of the new season. Conte is also frustrated by suggestions his team selection was designed to send a message to the club’s hierarchy  

Continue reading…

0

Chelsea looking ill-equipped after a summer of stagnation | Jonathan Wilson

Antonio Conte’s squad appears thin, with new signings merely replacing departed players, while Diego Costa remains in limbo

José Mourinho takes so many swings at so many perceived enemies that it is easy to forget there are times that he may be right. As his final season at Chelsea spiralled out of control, Mourinho flailed in all directions: at referees, at his medical staff, at opponents, at the media and eventually at his own players.

But with retrospect a couple of his jabs look well-directed. “I gave my club the report of the season projection on 21 April,” he said after the defeat by Crystal Palace in August 2015. “This is a moment for everybody to assume their responsibilities,” he added during his seven-minute monologue after the loss to Southampton. He had highlighted targets and the club – specifically the transfer committee comprising the director of football Michael Emenalo and the directors Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum – had failed to deliver them.

Continue reading…

0

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte denies favouritism before Burnley opener

Manager tries to play down expectations after champions’ quiet summer in the transfer market and puts his trust in Michy Batshuayi up front

If you were to judge him by body language alone you would not think Antonio Conte was a manager currently in possession of the Premier League title. The man who blew away all competition in his first season in English football spent much of his final press conference before the new season hunkered low, his forehead furrowed, his eyes beaming a combination of wariness and ennui.

Three months after winning the league his Chelsea side are down in numbers and it is clear the Italian wants more names in his squad. He will start the season not only without Nemanja Matic, sold to Manchester United for £40m, but missing Eden Hazard and Pedro through injury. He will not talk about Diego Costa, last season’s leading goalscorer who has been frozen out of the first team and is now in legal dispute with the club. He insists his side are not the favourites to retain their crown. Yet the suspicion remains Conte enjoys the adversity he believes his club to be facing. That, in fact, he thrives on it.

Continue reading…

0

Arsène Wenger demands Arsenal build on Community Shield win over Chelsea

• Manager wants side to avoid poor starts of recent Premier League campaigns
• “Let’s go with the same discipline, the same spirit and see where we can go”

Arsène Wenger has called on Arsenal to build on their Community Shield victory against Chelsea by making an intense and spirited start to the new Premier League season.

Related: Olivier Giroud seals Community Shield win for Arsenal as Chelsea pay penalty

Continue reading…

0

Antonio Conte rates Arsène Wenger as one of the best coaches in the world

• Chelsea manager: ‘Arsenal have a really good squad for this season’
• ‘Being coach of a great side in England brings responsibility’

Antonio Conte believes Arsenal made the right choice by awarding Arsène Wenger a new contract. Despite speculation that the Frenchman would walk away when his contract ran out at the end of last season, Conte revealed that he was not surprised when the 67-year-old agreed a two-year deal shortly after Arsenal beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final in May.

“I consider Arsène Wenger one of the best coaches,” Chelsea’s manager said. “I think it’s right. He is a really good coach. He had a lot of time to build his team and squad. It is the right choice for them. I am not surprised; he is one of the best in the world. Arsenal is one of the best teams in the world.”

Continue reading…

0

Antonio Conte rates Arsène Wenger as one of the best coaches in the world

• Chelsea manager: ‘Arsenal have a really good squad for this season’
• ‘Being coach of a great side in England brings responsibility’

Antonio Conte believes Arsenal made the right choice by awarding Arsène Wenger a new contract. Despite speculation that the Frenchman would walk away when his contract ran out at the end of last season, Conte revealed that he was not surprised when the 67-year-old agreed a two-year deal shortly after Arsenal beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final in May.

“I consider Arsène Wenger one of the best coaches,” Chelsea’s manager said. “I think it’s right. He is a really good coach. He had a lot of time to build his team and squad. It is the right choice for them. I am not surprised; he is one of the best in the world. Arsenal is one of the best teams in the world.”

Continue reading…

0

Arsène Wenger unsure if Chelsea’s signings make them stronger

• Arsenal manager sees Bakayoko and Morata as replacing Matic and Costa
• Alexis Sánchez will be motivated, says Wenger before Community Shield game

Arsène Wenger continues to be dogged by questions, from the future of Alexis Sánchez to his side’s absence from the Champions League. But as the Arsenal manager prepares for a Wembley curtain raiser, he is still standing and still speaking his mind, including to Antonio Conte.

Related: Antonio Conte expects the new season to be the ‘most difficult’ of his career

Continue reading…

0

Antonio Conte expects the new season to be the ‘most difficult’ of his career

• Champions are light on new signings before opening game
• Chelsea manager says he is learning to be more patient

Antonio Conte believes he is facing the “most difficult” season of his managerial career, with his Chelsea squad light on numbers and his anxiety mounting as the clock ticks towards the closure of the summer transfer window.

The Premier League champions have spent £127m on Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoué Bakayoko and Álvaro Morata while they have taken Willy Caballero on a free. But Conte’s squad is appreciably thinner than it was last season, given the number of players to depart, either on permanent deals or loans. The most high-profile outgoings have been John Terry, Nemanja Matic, Asmir Begovic, Nathan Ake, Kurt Zouma, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah, Bertrand Traoré and Dominic Solanke while Diego Costa will not play for the club again, as he awaits his move away. He wants to rejoin Atlético Madrid, following the breakdown of his relationship with Conte.

Continue reading…

0

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: Tottenham’s Harry Kane is worth at least £100m

• Italian manager admits he would like to sign England striker
• Conte reveals he tried buy Kyle Walker from Tottenham

Antonio Conte has admitted he is a big admirer of Harry Kane and believes the Tottenham striker is worth “at least” £100m in the current transfer market.

Despite the arrival of Álvaro Morata for an initial £58m earlier this month, the Italian manager, whose side will face Internazionale in a friendly on Saturday in Singapore, singled out the England striker as the player he would most like to sign.

Continue reading…

0

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: Tottenham’s Harry Kane is worth at least £100m

• Italian manager admits he would like to sign England striker
• Conte reveals he tried buy Kyle Walker from Tottenham

Antonio Conte has admitted he is a big admirer of Harry Kane and believes the Tottenham striker is worth “at least” £100m in the current transfer market.

Despite the arrival of Álvaro Morata for an initial £58m earlier this month, the Italian manager, whose side will face Internazionale in a friendly on Saturday in Singapore, singled out the England striker as the player he would most like to sign.

Continue reading…

0

Chelsea’s Kenedy sent home from China tour after offensive social media posts

• Brazilian also fined for ‘uneducated’ comments
• Morata says he was destined to play for Antonio Conte

Chelsea winger Kenedy has been sent home from the club’s tour of China after posting offensive messages on social media.

The reigning Premier League champions were forced to issue an apology on Sunday after posts on the Brazilian’s Instagram account had caused “great offence and hurt the feelings of the people of China”. But after an editorial in the People’s Daily, which has close ties to the governing Communist Party, criticised the 21-year-old’s actions, Chelsea have acted by banishing him from their tour and issuing a fine.

Continue reading…

0

Antonio Conte praises Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi after double in Arsenal win

• Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea; Willian 40, Batshuayi 42, 49
• Pedro forced off with concussion during pre-season friendly in Beijing

Antonio Conte praised the performance of Michy Batshuayi after he scored twice in Chelsea’s comfortable pre-season win over Arsenal in China. Both Arsène Wenger and Conte named strong teams for the match at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, with Alexandre Lacazette again featuring for Arsenal. Wenger also named youngsters Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Cohen Bramall in his starting lineup. Recent £58m Chelsea signing Álvaro Morata did not feature but arrived in Singapore on Saturday to meet up with his Chelsea team-mates.

Batshuayi excelled in attack, leading the line in front of Pedro and Willian, who opened the scoring five minutes before half-time. Batshuayi, who scored the decisive goal at West Bromwich Albion as Chelsea won the Premier League in May, scored his first goals of the new season in style, curling an opener before striking home from the edge of the box.

Continue reading…

0

Antonio Conte finally signs new Chelsea contract to curb concerns over future

• Italian manager agrees new two-year deal at Stamford Bridge
• Conte: ‘Now we must work even harder to stay at the top’

Antonio Conte has finally put pen to paper on a new contract at Chelsea, whom he steered to the Premier League title in his first year in English football, to ease any immediate concerns over his future, though the Italian has not extended his commitment to the club beyond the next two years.

Chelsea confirmed the deal as the manager and his squad left for Beijing and a three-match pre-season tour of China and Singapore, on Tuesday evening with Conte describing the team’s achievements last year as “something amazing” in the club’s statement. The director, Marina Granovskaia, hailed the 47-year-old’s “incredible success” with the new contract reflecting the board’s “belief that he can continue to deliver results both domestically and as we return to European competition in the Champions League”.

Continue reading…

0

Do Chelsea really need new £34m signing Antonio Rüdiger?

The 24-year-old Germany international has potential but so do Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Nathan Aké

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Since arriving in London, Antonio Conte has had one definitive wish: to sign a centre-back schooled in his homeland. In Antonio Rüdiger, to an extent, he has finally got that man. Yet, Conte would have preferred Leonardo Bonucci and there is a lingering sense that Chelsea have again had to settle for second best in this transfer window, even after winning the title so convincingly. They have stumbled over a number of targets this summer – most notably Romelu Lukaku – and the manager is unimpressed.

Rüdiger has been linked with the club for some time now but his arrival seems like a move designed to appease Conte in the short term. Chelsea needed to make a signing and, while a transfer for Monaco midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko remains close, a deal for the Roma defender has proven more straightforward.

Continue reading…

0

Atlético Madrid to table bid for Chelsea’s Diego Costa despite transfer ban

• Striker revealed he was not wanted by Antonio Conte for next season
• Watford interested in signing midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah

Atlético Madrid are preparing to table a first formal bid with Chelsea for Diego Costa in the hope they can re-sign the Spain striker ahead of his scheduled return for preseason training at Cobham at the start of next week.

Costa is technically due to report back to the Premier League champions on Monday despite the fact the manager, Antonio Conte, has made clear the forward is not in his plans for the campaign ahead. The Italian will be back at the club on Sunday, 24 hours before his squad reconvenes for standard medical checks, but he could yet be spared an awkward encounter with Costa should Atlético lodge an offer deemed acceptable for the player.

Continue reading…