Antonio Conte has warned Chelsea they must overhaul their squad if they are to improve on this season - whether or not he is sacked as head coach.
Asked if he could have tried harder to enjoy a more stable relationship with his Chelsea superiors, Conte answered: “It’s not simple, it’s not simple to answer this question. For sure, when you decide to take a coach like me, you must know who you are taking, who you are charging for this job. I repeat, as I said before, I cannot change my personality, I cannot change my idea of football. I can find the right way to win this trophy, for sure. If you ask me if we can play better then, yes, we can play better. But now the real situation of this club is this: we have to play strong defensively if you want to win a trophy or to get a place in the Champions League. Maybe we missed the Champions League this season because we tried to play very open and in this moment you can’t do this especially with a strong team because to concede three goals in seven games it means you don’t have stability. A great team doesn’t concede three goals or four goals against Watford. Then, against Manchester United, it was the only way, the only way to lift a trophy. Now we are in this moment and if you want to change then we can change our idea, but you must change many players. Understand?” Conte once again suggested that the Blues have not matched his own ambition in terms of signings, leaving him an uphill battle to clinch silverware. “As you know, every season I have to speak with the club and also in the last season after we won the League, we spoke,” said Conte. “We spoke with the club and we tried to find the right way to try to defend our title. But as you know it’s not simple and sometimes you can have not always the same ambition. But when I decided to sign a new contract, I decided to stay at this club and work very hard for this club. “I must be honest in this season the mountain to climb was very high, very high, very high, but, despite this, we finished by lifting an important trophy like the FA Cup.