Antonio Conte has declared that he is a serial winner, and reminded everyone that he predicted Chelsea would struggle this season.
Chelsea won the eighth FA Cup in their history on Saturday afternoon by beating Manchester United at Wembley, with Conte claiming his second trophy of his two year stint at the club.
However, the Blues have endured a miserable season, and while it has ended by adding silverware to their burgeoning trophy cabinet, their fifth placed finish in the Premier League means that there will be no Champions League football on show at Stamford Bridge next season.
The clubs’ struggles in the league, and Conte’s persistent whinging about the a lack of backing in the transfer market have seen him heavily linked with being sacked this summer, but the Italian has reminded the club that he has won trophies wherever he been:
“This season was very difficult for many reasons,” Conte told his post match press conference.
“I predicted difficulties at the start of the season but we finished fifth and we won the FA Cup.
“To miss a place in the Champions League is not good for a club like Chelsea. We must be honest to say this but, at the same time, I think you have to know the real situation – that this group of players did their best.
“To finish this season and win an important trophy like this shows great commitment and desire to finish the season in the right way despite the difficulties.
“Even in a difficult season, I showed I am a serial winner.”