Antonio Conte believes he deserves patience at Chelsea after last season’s “miracle” Premier League title win.
Chelsea finished 10th in 2015-16 as Leicester won a title no-one had predicted before the Blues succeeded the Foxes as champions in Conte’s first season in charge last term.
Title-winning boss Claudio Ranieri was sacked as the Foxes flirted with relegation last season, while Jose Mourinho was fired seven months after leading Chelsea to the trophy in 2014-15.
Conte does not fear the same fate.
“I have to stay with my fingers crossed,” said Conte with a smile ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United.
“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. 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.”