Conte admitted himself that this is not the ideal time for his depleted squad to travel to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur, but Chelsea’s head coach attempted to allay fears that all his good work of last season is set to go to waste.
Conte has also added a new word to his English vocabulary. The Italian still likes to talk about “work” at every opportunity, but “patience” is gradually creeping into his sentences. “I can tell you one thing is very important for me,” said Conte. “Sometimes you can win, but you are preparing yourself for disruption. Sometimes you don’t win, but you are preparing yourself to be better.
Spurs started to work with Pochettino for three years, this is the fourth year and Pocehttino has had the possibility to work for three years with the same players and have the possibility every season to improve his foundations. Last season we did a fantastic season because there wasn’t this foundation or basis. We started to build this foundation and we won, so it means we built something. But now it’s not enough, so we have to improve, to extend this basis, work together with new players.” Conte is not only thinking about what his squad will look like at the end of August. Asked if, like Pochettino, he will need four years at Chelsea to shape the squad he wants, the 48-year-old added: “Yeah, maybe. To arrive and try to fight for the Champions League, to try to fight to be the best in the world, you need time. Last season we won the League and reached the final of the FA Cup with only 13 regular players. We were lucky to not have injuries. There wasn’t this basis. We are ready to fight to face this difficult situation and we must work, work, work to have a good present and future. I still have two years (on my contract),” said Conte. #BlueIsTheColour #CFC #CFCFans #CFCFamily #CFCTillIDie #BPL #EPL #PremierLeague #PreSeason #CFCTour #Champions #ComeOnYouBlues #WearChelsea #PremierLeagueChampions #ChelseaFC #COYB #KTBFFH #IfItsNotBlueItWillBe #CFCArmy #TheBlues #Chelsea_KTBFFH #ChelseaFans #ChelseaKWT #CFCNews #CFCTransfers #CFCTour #AntonioConte #Conte