Conte: Winning trophies not relevant to Chelsea future

Antonio Conte

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte concerned over Alvaro Morata's recovery with tough ties ahead

Antonio Conte has serious concerns over the injury that has sidelined Álvaro Morata and can not put a time frame on when the Chelsea striker will return to action.

The Blues have suffered three defeats in their last four matches in all competitions, with Bournemouth and Watford prevailing by three-goal margins in their last two fixtures in the Premier League. The Brazilian's performance on his first Premier League start since October at Vicarage Road attracted widespread criticism, but Conte insisted that he has fully recovered from the knee inflammation that prolonged his absence from the team and is "in contention" for Monday's game. "Players like Morata, for us, are very important and have been missing for a long period of time. You have to finish this season in the right way, too". I don't know. For this reason, I'm a bit anxious.

Having publicly complained about Chelsea's failure to land his top transfer targets this season, Conte risked angering Abramovich last week when he questioned why the club hadn't given him a vote of confidence amid speculation over his future.

Asked if the club needs to compete for trophies in order to retain its star names, the former Italy coach replied: "I think every team tries to keep their best players". You know that a lot of times the manager or coach depends on results. "We must trust in our football". As you know very well, my contract expires in 2019.

"Now we restarted to work in the way that we know".

Chelsea host West Bromwich Albion in the next tie on 12 February.

The Italian expert had explicitly demanded the Dutch defender, to reinforce his shaky backline, following poor performances from Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Players like Morata and Bakayoko and Emerson, players who will greatly benefit from strong coaching, which someone like Conte can provide.

"It was the only moment in the whole season to give them a bit of rest", Conte explained. They show me every day they want to overcome this situation.

"But it doesn't mean you have to win something, because that's not simple - especially in England, it's not simple".

Conte said: "We have to try to stop this bad run and get three points against West Brom". We conceded three shots and three goals. To do this you have to have personality to play the ball.

"Then, sometimes it can happen, like it did for us last season".

"We felt something very special in his atmosphere, for three years with him at Juventus and two years in the national team. I've been here before at this club - it's about staying calm".

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