Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: It would be STUPID to sack me

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: It would be STUPID to sack me

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: It would be STUPID to sack me

Despite poor results since the turn of the year, the Blues are 4th in the league standings, with the FA Cup and Champions League still to play for.

Conte needs his players to step up and beat the Baggies, knowing Chelsea have a history of discarding managers during hard spells.

"Players like Morata, for us, are very important and have been missing for a long period of time".

Barkley has suffered another hamstring injury, hopefully not as severe as the one that saw him miss half of the current campaign, whereas Morata is continuing his recovery from a back injury.

Berahino doubled his and West Brom's tally from the penalty spot, stroking past Thibaut Courtois just after half-time to leave the 10-man champions with a mountain to climb. Pedro seems to have shrugged off the slight injury he sustained in the defeat against Watford, while Olivier Giroud could make his first start for Chelsea since moving from Arsenal on deadline day.

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Tiemoue Bakayoko saw red in Chelsea's 4-1 loss at Vicarage Road on Monday evening and Cesc Fabregas is likely to replace the Frenchman in central midfield. But you are talking about one game, so as well as being harsh on ourselves, and rightly so, it's one game.

They also face Huddersfield, Watford, Leicester, Bournemouth and Burnley before the end of March and Pardew conceded it is now or never.

"It was the only moment in the whole season to give them a bit of rest", the Italian explained.

"As you know very well, my contract expires in 2019". We understand that when you lose two games in a row, the situation is not simple.

"Now, it's different. We are following our work and are a stronger team".

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He still believes he has the backing of the dressing room, and added: "I don't think talking about my future can affect the players".

Antonio Conte hasn't lost three consecutive league games as manager since November 2009, when he was with Atalanta in Serie A. But it can happen.

"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".

"We have to try to stop this bad run, and try to get three points". At the same time, you can trust in a coach and his work and continue with him even if you don't win, and try and build something important.

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