News ID: 209557
Published: 0259 GMT February 06, 2018

Blues given three days off in wake of Watford humiliation

Blues given three days off in wake of Watford humiliation
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte looks clueless and frustrated as his team suffers a 4-1 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road stadium on February 5, 2018.
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Antonio Conte gave his Chelsea players three days off in the wake of their 4-1 humbling by Watford on Monday night.

The Blues have a rare free midweek and don't return to action until Monday next week when they host West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, the Daily Mail reported.

Some of the Chelsea players have been privately complaining about the workload and intensity of Conte's training session.

So this decision to give them a break is seen as a move to soften relations between the coach and his players.

But Conte is clinging to his job by a thread following the embarrassing loss at Vicarage Road, with the Chelsea board set to convene on Tuesday to discuss his future.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is the frontrunner to succeed Conte should the Blues decide to replace him and could take up the position immediately having been without a job since leaving the Nou Camp last summer.

In an emotional press conference after the loss at Watford, Conte dared the Chelsea board to swing their axe.

“No, I'm not worried. I'm not worried about my job,” said Conte.

“I work every day, and I give 120 per cent. Okay? If this is enough, it's okay.

“Otherwise, the club can take a different decision. But I'm not worried. Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelesa coach or not. Which is the problem? My soul is clear.

“I go to sleep without a problem that maybe, maybe, I could do this or that. I try to do everything. If it's not good, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on.

“To play football in a great club, it means you must have a personality because it's simple to play when there is the confidence.

“Especially in this type of moment, you can see who is (ready to play) for a great club. To play with personality and also to risk something.”

Chelsea's players should enjoy their respite – after the West Brom match on Monday, they only have a four-day turnaround before a home FA Cup fifth round tie against Hull City on the Friday night.

After that, the Blues entertain Barcelona on February 20 in the last-16 of the Champions League before a visit to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on February 25.

 

   
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