Antonio Conte urges Chelsea players to stand up and be counted

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"When has he ever bought a 29-year-old for £60m with no sell-on clause?"

Having only broken onto the scene a few years ago with Empoli, Sarri is still a newcomer to the highest level of football, as he's only been with Napoli since 2015. Then you build something with him.

"For sure I have to say thanks to the fans".

Manchester City once again outspent Chelsea in the January transfer window and have a huge points lead on Conte's side. To do this we must have personality to play with the ball. As soon as Arsenal get rock solid at the back, they'll be a force.

Antonio Conte hasn't lost three consecutive league games as manager since November 2009, when he was with Atalanta in Serie A.

Despite his firm warning to the board and the club, Conte insisted he would leave Stamford Bridge without a fuss. I've been here before at this club.

"I made the decision, I have enjoyed every bit of it and I am very grateful for everything that they did for me". I am going there with only one mindset and that is to win. "My commitment and the players are totally for this club". Mahrez has not trained with the Foxes after the club turned down a bid from Manchester City on deadline day. I came here to win everything. And as well there was a lot of uncertainty around the team with the Sanchez case, the Ozil case.

However, they are double figure underdogs for a reason and the reality is they will be up against it, they have only won once on the road this season, back in August but they have taken points away at Tottenham and Liverpool this campaign.

For years we have seen Leicester and West Brom thrive meanwhile the other East and West Midlands clubs struggle, but now, there is a serious possibility of five teams representing the region in 2018/19.

"To arrive in this league and adapt yourself very quickly is not simple but my task is to try to help him and every single player improve".

"No one will talk about my performance in general".

"It was as close as it can get".

"For this reason I am a bit anxious, because you know very well the importance of the player".

Thus, the centre-back joins the long list of players who nearly joined Arsenal under Wenger.

It's not so much that Chelsea have had such an atrocious season, it's just that CFC owner Roman Abramovich is notorious for his itchy manager sacking trigger finger, and thus reporters speculate that Conte has the sword of Damacles hanging over his head.