Antonio Conte says Chelsea would be 'stupid' to sack him as manager


Arsenal legend Paul Merson who was a key player for Arsenal in the late 80's and early 90's has appealed to his former club to replace current manager Arsene Wenger with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

"I don't know how long he will be out and for this reason I'm a bit anxious". I am going there with only one mindset and that is to win.

"When you have this period with such poor results, you have to divide the responsibility between me, the players and the club", said Conte.

The 26-year-old Holland worldwide is one of the best defenders in the Premier League, and snatching him in front of Chelsea's noses is a big win for Jurgen Klopp.

"We have to trust in our football".

"Don't forget in this season we've reached the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, we're in the FA Cup and we played Norwich twice".

The defending Premier League champions allowed Serbia worldwide Nemanja Matic to move to title rivals Manchester United in a £40m deal back in August. People say why, but we don't know why.

Morata hasn't featured since Chelsea's FA Cup third round tie against Norwich City on January 17, with the Spanish global due to miss Monday's encounter with West Brom.

Seeing them slip down to the Championship would nearly be an easy way out for West Brom, with the two teams having not met in a baffling six years since the Baggies dismantled Wolves 5-1 in what was the old gold & black's final season in the PL to date. Against Bournemouth we created chances to score but we weren't so clinical and we paid a lot. We conceded three shots and three goals.

"We realise it's a hard task when you see the fixtures we have coming up, hence why I say it will probably define our season", said Chelsea captain Gary Cahill.

"But, in my vision, you can win but, at the same time, the club might not be happy to stay with you".

A senior Chelsea chief even told the player that Conte could be axed before the end of the season.

"Otherwise, from the first game of the season, when we lost to Burnley, this could've happened".

Conte understands when a team like Chelsea loses two games in a row the situation is not simple, but he thinks some of the recent speculation is more like what would be expected if the battle was against relegation.

"Jay is upset about it, he has a good mental capacity to deal with things and hopefully he can concentrate on his football and not worry too much - although it is a worry".

Now, Conte has publicly urged Abramovich to grant him similar leeway as was given to Mourinho in 2013-14, so that the club can continue to "build something important", our new favorite phrase for this season.