February 18, 2019

Chelsea must take collective responsibility for slump: Conte

11 February 2018, 11:45 | Regina Holmes

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The former Juventus coach won the league title at the first attempt last season but his side have failed to keep pace with runaway leaders Manchester City this time around.

These are not exactly desperate times but we have to bounce back with a win against West Brom on Monday. Not easy. Especially in England, it's not simple. There is a stupid way and an intelligent way.

"When you have this period with such poor results, you have to divide the responsibility between me, the players and the club".

The Blues have some big matches around the corner, including the two Manchester clubs, City and United, back-to-back along with Barcelona in the Champions League. "We have been talking a lot about bad results but sometimes we forget we are facing a serious situation", said the Chelsea coach.

Plus, and this point can not be understated, Wolves fans realise just how great having the Baggies stay up would be for the future of Midlands football.

So, if we're back to the 3-4-3, and assuming that Giroud and Christensen can both start, the rest of the pieces should fall into place nicely.

The Baggies are rock bottom of the Premier League ahead of their trip to Chelsea on Monday. "Watford was a bad game for us, it can happen, but we must make sure it only happens once".

"We are talking about a team that is [fifth] in the league, that is preparing to face the game against Barcelona", he said.

"I am not thinking for only one moment about the possibility to go away from this club", Conte told a news conference on Friday.

"I think that, maybe, you have to find a bit more balance".

"We are in the FA Cup, and we reached the semifinals in the Carabao Cup". At the same time, I have great respect for every opinion.

"We're capable of doing that, if I didn't think we were then I would worry". But, maybe, we are increasing the difficulty of this team.

"I think it's an opportunity that the manager probably felt we could switch off from football for a few days and come back re-energised and re-focused for the job in hand, and I think it will be beneficial", added Cahill. 'If the club decides to send me away, it'll be because they're not happy with my work'.

Chelsea have one win in their last five league games, their only success in that run being the 4-0 away win at Brighton nearly three weeks ago.

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