Antonio Conte: “This Season Will Be The Most Difficult Of My Career”

Antonio Conte: “This Season Will Be The Most Difficult Of My Career”
Aug 5, 2017

Chelsea News

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte stated that he is entering “the most difficult” season of his career and warned that Chelsea’s squad is too “small” on the eve of their first match of the campaign.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal, Conte declared that he is still many players short of assembling the squad required to defend the Premier League title and compete in the UEFA Champions League.

The Italian’s frustration at Chelsea’s transfer business has been one of the ongoing stories of the summer. He was linked with a move to Inter Milan but ended up signing a new contract with the English champions. There are reports that he signed an improved contract- and not an extended one.

His comments on the lack of signings by the club will only increase the pressure on the club to enter the market again before the window shuts.

“For me, it will be the most difficult season of my career,” Conte said. I’m sure about this. It will be the most difficult of my career as a coach.”

Conte already made his position clear on the size of the squad during pre-season. He stated that more players have departed and that arrivals this summer are not enough to compete next season, despite the big-money signings of Álvaro Morata, Tiémoué Bakayoko and Antonio Antonio Rüdiger.

Speaking of Paris St-Germain’s big money move for Neymar, Conte said: “We have a small squad. I think only one player is not enough to improve our team.”

“We need more players, not top level like Neymar but more players to improve our squad and our quality.”

Conte’s comments hinted at the fact that he has a limited influence over transfers by referring questions about the club’s summer activity including the sale of Nemanja Matić to rivals Manchester United. The Italian admitted that he had learned to be patient in England, he added: “Everyone can see the situation, not because the coach shouts, ‘I want this’, or, ‘I want this’. The situation is very clear.”

“For me and for my players, the best way now is to be focused on the pitch, to work, to try to improve and don’t think of the other situation. But, for sure, we hope, in the future, to improve this situation.”

Chelsea face Arsenal for the Community Shield on Sunday and will resume their Premier League title defence on August 12 against Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

 

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