WHATEVER happens on Sunday, or at the end of the season, Antonio Conte will walk away with his head held high.
He and his Chelsea players have, he insists, done "a fantastic job", even if Leicester beat them on Sunday afternoon and the curtain comes down in May without another trophy in the cabinet.
Conte emphasised the importance of the Russian - and his money - in his and Chelsea's future. “If you want to improve, to become strong, to accelerate this progress, you have to buy great players," he said. "I can give my opinion to the club, then the club has to decide how much money to invest, the best way to improve the team. I can give my opinion, but I have to stay in my place." In the meantime, beating Leicester and going on to win the FA Cup remains a top priority, but Conte claims "it's not important" in the full scheme of things. "We have to try to win this competition, but you have to understand what our level is now. We are working very hard, like last season, and we are doing a fantastic job as well. If you are able to win something, it's good. But you have to understand what our level is at this moment. Last season every player performed 120 per cent, maybe 130 per cent. Then, you remember, we lost a lot of players, old players, who had created a base for Chelsea for a long time. Now we are trying to build a new base, new foundations, for this club. We have a lot of young players who lack experience against teams like Barcelona. Many were playing for the first time in this competition and they need more time playing at this level." "For me the most important thing is to work very hard, to try to improve the club and the players. Then to understand the moment of the club. I'm very satisfied for my job, for the work we're doing. Me, the staff, my players. We're doing a fantastic job this season. This season has confirmed that last season what we did was an incredible achievement. This season is confirming this. But we have to work to try to improve." #BlueIsTheColour #CFC #CFCFans #CFCFamily #CFCTillIDie #BPL #EPL #PremierLeague #PreSeason #CFCTour #Champions #ComeOnYouBlues #WearChelsea #PremierLeagueChampions #ChelseaFC #COYB #KTBFFH #Conte