Antonio Conte says he is losing “sleep” over his “small” Chelsea squad after they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea lost to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-finals to leave them third in the Premier League, and facing the prospect of a trophyless season.
Daniel Storey took Conte to task for moaning about money after the game, and the Italian again dedicated his post-match press conference to airing his grievances over transfers.
Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph described Conte as being ‘on a collision course’ with the club’s board following his latest comments.
“I think the club decide our transfer market. As I said before, my task is to try to improve the team. About the transfer market, from the summer, the club decides every single player.”
Asked whether an apparent injury to Willian could force the club’s hand in the transfer market, Conte replied: “I think one game, it is not right only one game to take the decision, or to understand something.
“There is a programme, there is a plan. It’s wrong to take decision on only one game. The situation is always the same from this summer. I continue to work with my players. This situation continues from this summer, not now. And my task continues to be to give everything for this club. The club is to take the best decision for the team.
“I think there are different situations. Sometimes I can have an impact on the transfer market, sometimes I don’t have an impact on this. My first task is to do my job, and be a coach, and to try to improve my players. For sure, I don’t have a big impact on the transfer market.”
Conte finishes answer about having to rotate his 'small' squad with young players by admitting he thinks about it a lot, before adding: "Maybe you can see I don't sleep."
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