- Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has admitted that despite the outcome of the FA Cup final with Manchester United today May 19, that he could be the sack
- Conte has 12 months left on his £9.6m-a-year deal
- The Italian admitted that he is a hero at Chelsea
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has admitted that despite the outcome of the FA Cup final with Manchester United today May 19, that he could be the sack.
The Italian gaffer also claims he has been a “hero” even though the club surrendered their Premier League title and missed out on Champions League football for next season.
Chelsea will do battle with Manchester United at Wembley with the Italian’s Stamford Bridge future at risk due to his tense relationship with club bosses.
Speaking about his future with Chelsea, Conte said: “Sometimes you can win but the club decides to sack you anyway because they have a reason to do this. There are people to judge your work.
“But it doesn’t depend upon lifting a trophy or winning a league. I think this is different.
“As you know very well, our job is very difficult.
“I don’t think I’d be the right person to say, ‘OK, if we win I plan this situation,’ or if not, ‘We plan another situation’.
“I’m not interested in this. I’m interested in winning the final. This is the most important thing for me, for my players.
“I’m very pleased with my work, because I worked better than last season.
“And, for sure, I worked harder than last season.
“I don’t know if something has changed that last season we were heroes for Chelsea’s fans and now our stance has changed. I don’t know.
“In my soul and heart, I’m always a hero because I gave 120 per cent to solve the problems.”
Conte has 12 months left on his £9.6m-a-year deal and said: “I have a contract and I’m committed.”
A bitter row last summer with striker Diego Costa ended with the player being sold back to former club Atletico Madrid.
There have also been run-ins with senior players and poor league form as Chelsea finished fifth.
The 48-year-old could go some way to making amends with victory today over ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho — having lost last year’s Cup final 2-1 to Arsenal.
Finishing outside the top four, and hence not qualifying for the Champions League, has left today’s FA Cup final as Chelsea’s last chance to salvage something from their campaign.
Conte said: “Last season was a wonderful season, we did fantastic work with the players.
“You have to understand when you win and the way you win — if you’re going at 180mph or if you are winning at normal velocity and don’t risk burning your engine. When you win, you must understand which is the best way to improve.
“Last season we won. Now, this season, we finished fifth.
“We have to play another final in the FA Cup and we must divide the responsibility with the club, the manager and the players in the same way, and then try and gain experience.
“If you are clever, if you are intelligent, you understand what is wrong and what is right and you to try to improve.”
Legit.ng previously Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he will shake Manchester United Jose Mourinho when both sides clash in the final of this year’s FA Cup final at the Wembley Stadium according to Tribal Football.
Both managers seem to have moved on from their past troubles during Conte’s early days at the Stamford Bridge, and he has assured the fans that there’s no bad blood between them.
As part of football tradition, the two coaches shake hands, especially before such a big game to show the spirit of respect and sportsmanship.
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