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Category: Antonio Conte

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It is harder to manage Chelsea than Burnley, claims Antonio Conte

• Smaller clubs only aim to avoid relegation, says the Italian• ‘It is difficult if you have to play to win as only one team wins’Antonio Conte believes he has a more difficult job than Sean Dyche and other managers who have smaller transfer budgets an…

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: it’s not simple to reduce the gap – video

Antonio Conte urged realism as he talked about the chances of Chelsea securing a top-four finish at the end of the season. His side are currently fifth and trail fourth-placed Spurs by four points. They face an in-form Burnley in their next m…

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Mark Hughes praises Southampton display despite defeat by Chelsea – video

The Southampton manager, Mark Hughes, said his side played ‘really well’ against Chelsea, despite losing 3-2 having been 2-0 up. The Welshman bemoaned the ‘eight to 10-minute period’ in which Olivier Giroud scored twice, once either side of Eden Hazard…

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Antonio Conte: Chelsea staff and players must share blame for poor season

• Mistakes are down to me, my players and the club, coach says• Ailing champions go to Southampton 10 points off top fourAntonio Conte admitted he has made mistakes this season but should Chelsea fail to catch the top four, the responsibility for an er…

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PSG to decide on new manager after Thomas Tuchel talks

Former Dortmund manager one of the front-runnersPSG have held talks with Antonio Conte’s representatives tooPSG are edging closer to deciding who their number-one choice to replace Unai Emry is after meeting Thomas Tuchel’s representatives. The talks w…

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Antonio Conte left hurt, angry and sad by Chelsea’s disastrous title defence

• ‘Those who know me well know I am very angry and very sad’• Chelsea manager admits Champions League hopes hang by threadAntonio Conte has been deeply hurt by Chelsea’s disastrous title defence and admits a season fraught with difficulties has given h…

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Chelsea fear massive cost of missing out on Champions League | Dominic Fifield

Missing out on club football’s most prestigious competition would hit revenue and hamper recruitment of new playersA harrowing home defeat by Tottenham on Sunday left Chelsea eight points adrift of the Champions League qualification places with seven m…

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Antonio Conte ‘not worried’ over immediate Chelsea future

• Chelsea’s Champions League aspirations hit by Tottenham defeat• Spurs move eight points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea in tableAntonio Conte has insisted he has no concerns over his immediate future at Chelsea and will continue to “give everything” to…

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Antonio Conte: Chelsea are having the season that we deserve

• Manager blames loss of experienced players over past year• Italian again refuses to commit his future to Stamford BridgeAntonio Conte says it is no surprise that Chelsea lag behind Tottenham in the Premier League table because many members of his you…

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Antonio Conte says Tottenham are improving quicker than Chelsea

• Italian believes Spurs ‘are ahead of us in terms of development’ • Thibaut Courtois is a fitness doubt for Sunday’s London derbyAntonio Conte believes Tottenham Hotspur are ahead of Chelsea in their development even though the Stamford Bridge club de…

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Antonio Conte spells out why Chelsea have to beat Tottenham in showdown

• Chelsea’s Champions League hopes could rest on derby victory• Spurs have not won at Stamford Bridge for 28 yearsAntonio Conte has conceded Chelsea’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League may hinge on beating Tottenham on Sunday.Chelsea, who …

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PSG hold talks with Antonio Conte’s representatives over summer move

• Ligue 1 champions-elect willing to offer Conte £10m a season• Unai Emery certain to leave after failing to impress in EuropeParis Saint-Germain have opened talks with Antonio Conte’s representatives in an attempt to convince the Italian to leave Chel…

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Antonio Conte sets sights on FA Cup final and Chelsea victory

• Chelsea draw Southampton in FA Cup semi-final• Conte: ‘I want to try to change the final result compared to 2017’Antonio Conte remains on course to avenge defeat in the FA Cup final last season, after Pedro’s extra-time header squeezed Chelsea beyond…

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Antonio Conte looks to FA Cup after Chelsea’s exit from Europe

• FA Cup is the only trophy the club can win this season• Champions League exit further exposes rift with boardAntonio Conte has appeared to direct more thinly veiled criticism at Chelsea’s hierarchy when he claimed his team had found their level by be…

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Antonio Conte: My only worry is to have players in best form for Chelsea

• Gary Cahill and Álvaro Morata left out of England and Italy squads• ‘There is only one way: to work hard and show you deserve to play’Antonio Conte has declined to show Gary Cahill and Álvaro Morata a great deal of sympathy after they were omitted fr…

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Antonio Conte digs in at Chelsea, confident he is ‘doing good work’

• Stamford Bridge manager denies pressure to win FA Cup• Conte pleads for patience but seems certain to leave in summerChelsea’s players have vowed to shrug off the disappointment of Champions League elimination and salvage a faltering season, though e…

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Antonio Conte reflects on Chelsea’s ‘unlucky’ Champions League defeat to Barcelona – video

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie was ‘unfair’. Chelsea lost 4-1 on aggregate, but Conte insists his side had chances to get back into the game as they crash…

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Antonio Conte: Lionel Messi is the kind of player born once every 50 years

• Chelsea manager lavishes praise on his side’s tormentor• ‘We are talking about an extraordinary player, the best in the world‘Antonio Conte has praised Lionel Messi as the kind of talent who emerges only once every half-century after the Barcelona fo…

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Atonio Conte plays down Chelsea’s chances against Barcelona – video

Antonio Conte insists that Barcelona have the advantage as Chelsea prepare to face them at the Camp Nou in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 match up. Willian gave Chelsea the lead at Stamford Bridge, but a late goal from Lionel Mess…

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Chelsea aim to be bold amid fury of Barcelona’s Nou Camp storm | Dominic Fifield

Antonio Conte’s caution may mask an acceptance that taking risks is the way to secure a place in the Champions League quarter-finalsAntonio Conte may just have been being painfully realistic but his body language at Camp Nou came across as distinctly d…