Antonio Conte’s job has been in jeopardy recently but he said that the fact he won the Premier League title last season should be enough to show his qualities as it was “a miracle”.
Chelsea are now nine points behind the Premier League leaders, Manchester City, and they were beaten 3-0 by AS Roma in the Champions League but Antonio Conte thinks that he deserves patience after he managed to win a surprising title the previous season. Leicester’s title-winning boss Claudio Ranieri was sacked as the Foxes flirted with relegation last season, while Jose Mourinho was fired just seven months after leading Chelsea to the trophy in 2014-15 – will the same thing happen to Conte?
The Italian manager spoke about his situation as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I have to stay with my fingers crossed. Honestly, I think I earned my time here with the win of last season. I don’t like to ask for time, I like to tell the truth. The situation is very clear – my task is to work and to put all myself for this club.”
He knows that a potential end of his time with Chelsea doesn’t mean almost anything for him: “Then, if it’s enough? OK. If it’s not enough? OK. The same. I will continue to live. If we think I click my fingers and we are ready to fight, it’s not simple. Last season happened. A miracle. It was a miracle because we had the same players that the season before finished 10th.”
The former Juventus tactician wants to be successful with his team but he remains realistic: “We must be ready to do something special. But we must be realistic and to understand that we are building. We are creating a foundation. It’s important to have the patience and then to have the time to do this. I understand that it’s not for all to have patience – I have not a lot of patience, honestly. But patience is a big quality.”