Antonio Conte claims that he is not worried regarding his immediate future, despite Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham left the club’s Champions League ambitions in tatters.
Victory for the Blues on Sunday would have seen them close the gap on the top four to just two points, but despite taking the lead, a stunner from Christian Eriksen and a Dele Alli brace leaves Conte’s men eight points adrift with only seven games to play.
The Italian managers future has been in doubt for a number of months, but despite this latest set back, he insists that he isn’t worried.
“I’m not worried,” said Conte.
“I’m giving – the players are giving – everything. We are working very hard to try to have a good season but, in the end, we are deserving this season. It means our value is this.
“I have my opinion but I’m very tired of always repeating the same things. I don’t want to create problems. If we are in this position, we deserve to be in this position. You have to ask the club, not me [about the significance of finishing in the top four].
“I repeat: my task is to work and I know I work 24 hours a day for Chelsea, me and my staff. The commitment of the players is top. Despite this we stay in this position. We must be a bit worried about this.”
Chelsea have been heavily linked with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, while Thomas Tuchel and Carlo Ancelotti have also been linked with replacing Conte.
As for Conte, he has been linked with taking over at PSG, Real Madrid and the Italian National team.