Following an intense start to the 2017/18 season, Antonio Conte has asserted he is a “Magician” for anticipating Chelsea‘s plunge in form.
“I was a magician to anticipate it,” said Conte, who is refusing to buckle under the pressure. “But, for sure, I’m a person who is not afraid to face the difficulties.”
“Now we are in October and we have to think about improving the present.”, he added. “Don’t find excuses. Tell always the truth. If you always tell the truth, you can’t be afraid of anything.”
League defeats to City and Crystal Palace as well as Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Roma have increased the pressure, but the former Juventus boss appreciates the precarious nature of coaching.
“If I feel the pressure? I think every coach, every manager has to feel the pressure,”, he concluded. “When I go to my house I’m happy because I know in every moment I put all myself in my job for this club, for the fans, for my players.”
The Premier League champions scored three times in the last 20 minutes to claim a second triumph in five Premier League and move above Watford into fourth in the table.
Pedro’s early opener was overturned by Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ricardo Pereyra, but substitute Michy Batshuayi netted twice either side of a Cesar Azpilicueta header to snatch the points for his side.
“I think it was a good performance,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s not simple to concede at the last minute of the first half and then go down at the start of the second half. I think, at the moment, our confidence was low.
“But my players showed me great desire to fight, to change the situation and the final result. We are facing a difficult situation but the spirit is right. Now we will try to recover quickly.
Conte hopes Batshuayi will gain some confidence from his match-winning cameo but insists the result is what matters.
“I tried to manage the situation,” he said of the decision to bring on the Belgian in place of Alvaro Morata. “We had to change something, but don’t forget Alvaro played two days ago and he’s coming back from an injury.
“His commitment was good but for sure he has to find good form after the injury. But it was good to play in this game and good for Michy to score two goals.
“It’s always important to think of the team, not himself or myself. The two goals were very important for the team, and for sure for the confidence of the striker.
“He has to continue to work in this way and to show that he deserves to play.”