Antonio Conte insisted he was not concerned by the prospect of losing his job, saying his “soul is clear” and that “life goes on” if he were to be sacked as Chelsea manager.
Chelsea’s 4-1 defeat by Watford was their third loss in four games and their second thrashing in six days after the 3-0 humbling by Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge last week.
“I am not worried,” Conte said. “I am not worried about my job. I work every day, and give 120 per cent. If this is enough, it is OK. Otherwise, the club can take a different decision.
“It is very difficult because, every day and every press conference, you ask me if I am worried. No. I am not worried. Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelsea coach or not. Which is the problem? My soul is clear. I go to sleep without a problem. I try to do everything. If it is not good, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on.”
Asked if he still had the backing of his players, Conte said it was a belief unique to England that a manager can be sacked because he is not supported by his squad.
“You think that the players have this power? This is wrong,” he said. “If this happens, OK. But, I repeat, in my life when I was a player, I was captain of Juventus and never, ever did I speak about a coach with my club. And if the club tried to ask me, this is not my problem.”
Chelsea have been struggling with injuries to key players such as Alvaro Morata and Andreas Christensen, but Conte insisted he did not want to find “excuses” for their poor run of form.
“For sure, this is a difficult moment,” he said. “If we want to find excuses, alibis, we can find everything: tiredness, injuries. But this is not my way to face the situation, to solve the problem. The problems you have to solve with work. You don’t win with excuses. In my life, I like to be a winner, and I am a winner.”
Conte added that his squad played without “personality”. He said: “From the start, I did not see confidence to play football. Usually we train and play football with confidence. Sometimes we also take risks. We started with fear. I think this is the worst situation that I can see as a coach.”