Antonio Conte’s time at Chelsea may be over after last night’s humiliating 4-1 loss at Watford, where the Blues gave up three foals in the last 10 minutes. Watch the reaction of Antonio Conte in the footage below regarding the result between Watford and Chelsea, and remember to share this article with your mates on Facebook.
This was the third loss in last four games for Chelsea in all competitions, and came just five days after a 3-0 loss at home to Swansea City.
Things went downhill for Conte’s side since the 30th minute, after Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off for a reckless challenge on Richarlison.
Thiabout Courois then take out Gerard Deulofeu in the 41st minute, resulting in a penalty which Troy Deeney converted successfully.
Eden Harzard pulled one back for Chelsea with a wonder strike in the 82nd minute. However, Daryl Janmaat, Deulofeu, and Roberto Pereyra scored late on to give Watford a stunning win over the defending champions.
Speaking after the game, Conte denied that he is worried about being sacked and said “life will go on” even if he ends up getting the boot.
“It’s very difficult for me to transfer my thoughts… I hope that, tonight, for once you understand me,” he said. “I’m not worried about my job. I work every day, and I give 120 percent. OK? If this is enough, it’s OK. Otherwise, the club can take a different decision. But I’m not worried.
“It’s very difficult because, every day and every press conference, you ask me if I’m worried. No. I’m not worried. Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelesa coach or not. Which is the problem?
“My soul [conscience] is clear. I go to sleep without a problem that maybe, maybe, I could do this or that. I try to do everything. If it’s not good, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on.
“We played with no personality. From the start, I didn’t see confidence to play football. Usually we train and we play football with confidence. Sometimes we also take risks. Today, our start was very poor. We started with fear. I think this is the worst situation that I can see as a coach.
“To play football in a great club, it means you must have a personality because it’s simple to play when there is the confidence. Especially in this type of moment, you can see who is [ready to play] for a great club. To play with personality and also to risk something.
“In this moment, you have to show you have personality. We have to work, to try to work… but sometimes the work is not enough to change the situation.
“I try to continue. I try to continue to work, to try to improve different aspects of my players. But, today, our performance was very poor.
“For sure, I have to take responsibility. Maybe I made the wrong decision for the starting XI.”
When asked if he still feels he has the support of the Chelsea players, Conte replied: “But do you think that a club can decide to sack a coach if there is not the support of the players?
“I think only here, only here, you think this. You think that the players have this power? Yes? This is wrong. This is wrong. 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.”
Speaking about whether he can get Chelsea to be a winning side again, Conte replied: “I cannot predict the future. Especially after two bad defeats like this. We played against Bournemouth and lost 3-0, and now against Watford and lost 4-1.
“Now it’s very difficult to predict turning the situation into a positive, but I can promise to work to change the situation. But, I repeat, today our performance… the level of our performance was very poor.”
Conte has been tipped to get the sack as soon as tomorrow, with the Blues desperate to save the season before it’s too late.
According to British newspaper The Sun, Chelsea have lined up former manager Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Enrique to take over if they sack Conte.
Ancelotti managed Chelsea from 2009 to 2011, and won the club one Premier League title and one FA Cup in his first season.
However, the Italian was sacked after the 2010/11 season due to Chelsea finishing trophyless, losing out to Manchester United on both the Premier League and the Champions League.
Since then, Ancelotti has taken jobs at Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich, and has been unemployed since September when he got the boot from Bayern.
He was spotted at the Stamford Bridge back in October when Chelsea were taking on Roma in a Champions League group stage fixture, which sparked the rumors of the 58-year-old possibly returning to the club.
Ancelotti has also been constantly linked with the vacant job at the Italian national team, although he has denied any interest in taking over the Azzurri.
Meanwhile, Enrique is a former Barcelona manager who was at the helm from 2014 to 2017.
He helped the Spanish giants win a treble in his debut season, and also won them a double in his second season in charge.
After missing out on bot La Liga and the Champions League last season, Enrique decided to leave the club, and has been unemployed since.
WATCH: Antonio Conte’s Press Conference After the Game
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