Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reacted angrily to yet more questions about his future ahead of Friday night’s FA Cup clash with Hull City.
The Blues boss is getting understandably frustrated with incessant talk about his future.
“This topic must stop,” said Conte. “Every week we continue to talk about this topic. We must be focused only on the pitch and try to do our best, to try give the best satisfaction for our fans and reach the maximum for this club.”
The Italian claims that it is easier to slip up in the Premier League than any other league across Europe; he clearly believes that being fourth in this league is no disgrace.
“This league is very strong, very tough. This is the only league to have six top teams to fight for the title, to fight for the Champions League places.
“The level of this championship is very high. In every game, there is nothing easy. You can lose against the bottom of the table. We lost against Crystal Palace, who were bottom at the time. You have to put 120 per cent into every game.
“In the other leagues there are games that you can manage.”
Conte confirmed that he will rest players for Friday night’s FA Cup clash with Hull City, with games against Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City looming.
“For sure, we have in front of us two weeks that will be very tough. For this reason I think it is right to have a plan to take on the two tough weeks in the right way.
“At the same time, as you know very well, we want to try to go through to the next round in the FA Cup.”
One senior player expected to feature is Alvaro Morata, who was a substitute in Monday night’s victory over West Brom.
“I think that Alvaro is having regular training with us everyday. His physical condition is improving. Tomorrow’s game, I think he will play a part of the game.
“He will be ready for the game against Barcelona in the Champions League.”
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