Antonio Conte is reported to have been troubled with former Super Eagles defender, now Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo and the Chelsea board after they failed to make more signings to support the squad ahead of the new season.
The Italian has begged his Chelsea board that he will need four years to reconstruct the club, regardless of just winning the Premier League title last season. Also, in spite of winning the title in his first season, Conte believes that achievement was based on unsteady establishments.
They also lost their opening session of the season, beaten 3-2 at home by Burnley.
Furthermore, after a mid year of upheaval at Stamford Bridge, he has demanded he needs time to guarantee Chelsea can challenge for major honors.
“We need time,” he said on Friday. “Four years? Yes, maybe. To arrive and try to fight for the Champions League, to try to fight to be the best in the world, you need time.”
Conte takes his team to Wembley on Sunday to face Tottenham with the bookies already making him favorite to be the first top-flight manager to leave his job and with questions being asked about why he has let so many young players leave.
The build-up to Chelsea’s season has been overshadowed by Conte’s row with Diego Costa which has dragged on for months.
The striker is holed up in Brazil and refusing to come back to Stamford Bridge after being told by Conte that he was no longer part of the manager’s plans.
Despite being Chelsea’s 14th managerial appointment in the 14 years since Roman Abramovich bought the club Conte believes he will get the time he says he needs.
Conte added: “No-one put a gun to my head and said, ‘You win or you go away’. Sometimes you can win but you are not building something positive for your future.
“Sometimes you can win and you are preparing to disrupt yourself. Sometimes you don’t win but you are preparing yourself to be better. We have to build a solid foundation and in this moment we don’t have this solid foundation. Despite this, last season we won.
“Now I have two years left on my contract but if we have the same vision we can continue to work together. I have the vision to work. Sometimes slowly, slowly, to try to improve, to build something important.
“But if you ask me how long this path is, my answer is we need time.”
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