Trust the key for Conte as he confirms his commitment to Chelsea


Chelsea welcome West Bromwich Albion to Stamford Bridge for Monday night's Premier League clash. I have great admiration for Luis Enrique and he is a fantastic coach.

"I think that I'm the type of coach who if I have a player who is 6/10, I bring him to an 8/10".

Speculation that Conte could leave west London before his contract expires in summer 2019 has increased in the past fortnight following successive heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Watford.

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.

"For sure, he's an important player for us".

When it was put to Conte that he might be too adept at improving players for his own good when it comes to convincing his clubs to spend more, he replied: "You are not the first person to suggest this, to tell me this".

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"I'm very happy with the commitment of my players and the behaviour of my players".

"For this reason, it's right to send the coach away".

"You have to try to stop this bad run and to try to get three points against West Brom", the Italian said.

Paper Round's view: Given that Chelsea have let Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham leave the club either permanently or on loan and replaced them with Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud for almost £100 million it's fair for the fans to expect more in the transfer market.

"No one person trusted us to win the title this season", continued Conte.

'I think there are two ways. Then you build something with him. Maybe people have to find a bit more balance. The last season in which Chelsea lost to two different teams starting the day in last place was in 1992-93 (vs Nottingham Forest and Oldham Athletic). 'When you've got one of those at the top of the pitch they're very hard to replace'. "If the club decides to send me away, I don't know when, it'll be because they're not happy with my work", he responded. When you have got those two dates to look forward to when the fixtures come out every season, it adds an extra sense of excitement and anticipation to the campaign ahead.

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