Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he’s not afraid of getting sacked as they go into Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Newcastle United in what is their most realistic chance of silverware this season.
The Blues are unlikely to retain their Premier League title as they now sit 15 points behind leaders Manchester City in third place, while they were recently knocked out of the Carabao Cup semi-final following a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium
And Conte knows the pressure is on him in light of Chelsea’s reputation of quickly sacking managers when they fail to bring success, Goal writes.
“In the past it was the same for the other coaches, and I don’t see a difference between them and me and the other coaches that managed this situation. My task is to continue to work very hard for this club and have great respect first of all for my job and for my players, for our fans,” Conte said at the club’s Cobham training ground.
“Under this aspect, I am very relaxed and focused to try and do our best.”
The former Juventus coach said he’ll continue to work to get things right, but admits that sustained success doesn’t come easy.
“It is right to dream [of success] and then there is the reality and you have to fight the reality to try sometimes to overcome the reality like last season and to do something special, but for sure it is not simple, not easy.
Chelsea have struggled for form in January and the manager admitted to a lack of sleep after the defeat to Arsenal.
“It is not simple for sure, it is not simple but people who know me very well they know that I live this job with great passion, with great love and for this reason sometimes I don’t sleep,” Conte said.
“When I don’t sleep I continue to work with the computer also because I don’t want to create problems with my wife. Also because if I don’t sleep, I go in another room, the living room.
“Then sometimes I start to work, watch the game or try to find a new solution. I think to watch the game many times is important to understand positive things and negative things and to try to improve your team especially when you lose.
“Don’t forget that we missed only one game in the Carabao Cup and reached the semi-final, and if you compare to last season, we were out after only the second game against West Ham. Now we have the second game in FA Cup then the league then Champions League. For sure it is a busy period for us.”