February 5, 2018

Conte Defiant Despite Defeat  (Sky Sports)

Antonio ConteChelsea boss Antonio Conte was in defiant mood after seeing the pressure mount on his position with a 4-1 defeat to Watford on Monday.

There have been reports Conte could be sacked if Chelsea's below-par start to the year continues.

More questions are likely to be asked after a slack display at Vicarage Road, with Tiemoue Bakayoko dismissed after 30 minutes and Watford scoring three late goals to secure a resounding win.

Asked by Sky Sports whether he has concerns about his future at the club, Conte said: "No. It is not my problem. I try to do my job. I try to put everything in my job. If this is enough, it's OK. Otherwise they can take their decision."

Conte acknowledged Chelsea are in a "difficult moment", but added: "I tried to warn everyone about the difficulty of our path and in the league of trying to find our place in the Champions League, but now we are facing a lot of difficulties and you can see we perform very bad.

"Maybe I made mistakes with the starting XI. The starting XI was wrong because our start was very poor and it was difficult to change something."

Reflecting on Chelsea's performance, he said: "Our performance was very bad from the start. We didn't start in the right way and we lose a lot of dangerous balls. Bad performance. When you start in this way anything can happen. A red card after two yellow cards in a few minutes. Our start was very poor."

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