Despite his future being the subject of constant speculation Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has insisted that he and his squads only focus ahead of todays crunch FA Cup final against bitter rivals Manchester United is finishing this campaign with silverware.
The former Juventus coach enjoyed a superb first season in English football winning the Premier League and reaching the FA Cup final. However, the Blues have had a tumultuous time on and off the pitch during this campaign and finished in fifth position in the league, with Conte widely expected to be shown the Stamford Bridge exit door regardless of the outcome of today’s fixture.
Despite winning the league in four of the last five seasons he has managed at club level the 48-year-old coach has never tasted victory in the final of a cup competition, and he insists his side are fully focused on beating their former boss Jose Mourinho today and finishing the season in a positive manner.
“It’s important to think together about our season and the possibility to win another trophy. For sure, it would be a great achievement for the team, for the players, for the club, for our fans,”
“In my career, I have played another cup final, in Italy, in my first season at Juventus and we lost. And last season we (Chelsea) lost against Arsenal. But we win or lose together. I don’t win or lose alone.”
I can tell you for sure this will be my last match in this season. For sure. Because, for me and my players, this will be the last game for us. Then, as you know very well, I have a contract and I’m committed to the club.
“I don’t know (if there will be a summer of change). For sure, we must be focused on tomorrow’s game. For us, this game is very important.
“We’ve had a difficult season, but we can finish that season with a trophy. It’s always important for the players, the coach, the manager, our fans and the club, to finish the season with a trophy.
“I think now we are focused on this target. We have to try to do everything to win the game tomorrow.”