Conte implies Chelsea board is 'stupid'

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On Friday, Conte said that he is "a disaster" at trying to get the clubs he managers for to get him the players he wants. "It's OK for me and my players".

"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. My task is this and, for this, I'm very good.

While there were meetings between various Chelsea board members on Tuesday, it is understood they were non-football related, over other corporate and commercial issues, with the future of the manager not on the agenda.

Tensions between Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy have been building since last summer when the club director and dealmaker Marina Granovskaia could not find a way to prise Alex Sandro from Juventus and Manchester United hijacked the Blues' proposed move for Romelu Lukaku. 'I don't think talking about my future can affect the players. I have to learn a lot from the other coaches, the other managers, in that aspect. But to try and forecast is very hard. It was important for them to be with their families and to spend more time for themselves - to have the opportunity to breathe and relax.

"I have spoken with him", Conte said.

Silva is believed to be an attractive option as a caretaker boss due to the long-term targets - such as former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique - averse to starting out at Stamford Bridge in the middle of the season. I can speak about him very well, as a person and a coach. "Our work last season allowed us to reach an incredible target". "For sure, when you play every three days, it's impossible to work on the physical aspects. But I understand that we have to live with this pressure, and it's OK for me and my players". Transfers are handled by Roman Abramovich's right hand woman, Club Director Marina Granovskaia, who has often been on a different page than Conte. Everyone knows his job, his work. At the same time, I have great respect for everyone's opinion. I don't think that anyone trusted us to win the title this season.

The game took a comical turn, with Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas being dismissed midway through the first half for kicking the ball at Chris Brunt from 20 yards away, perfectly hitting the northern Irishman. I think we are ready to face the game against West Brom, and them to play against Hull City and then Barcelona.

"Mentally, though, I think you can recover after mental fatigue".

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