Antonio Conte: Chelsea staff and players must share blame for poor season

Laurent Blanc

Chelsea now sit fifth in the Premier League but are 10 points off Tottenham, and the west London club travel to Southampton on Saturday looking for only their fourth win in 2018.

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has admitted that the club has an issue regarding Thibaut Courtois's future. I'm the first to take my responsibility.

"Whether we win or lose, we must be ready to share the responsibility". Me, my staff, the players and the club, for this season. Two years ago [in 2015-16, when Chelsea finished 10th in the Premier League], this happened the same.

"Everyone has to find the right concentration, the right will, the right desire to finish the season as strongly as possible". I play for a long time, so I am on the pitch to enjoy.

"It's hard now to explain the reasons why we're struggling in this way this season", said Conte.




Burnley can take a big step towards qualifying for next season's Europa League when they host Leicester this afternoon. "You want to play in the Premier League and you want to play in European football". Everyone has to find the desire to fight. I think this is a job for the club.

Saints boss Mark Hughes believes Conte was on a loser before the season had even started.

The south coast outfit can actually jump outside the bottom three today with a win, should results elsewhere go their way, but that will be easier said than done, with Chelsea determined to put their poor recent run of form behind them.

The Blues have won just one of their last five league games and saw their hopes of finishing in the top four dealt a major blow after they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham at Stamford Bridge last weekend. Everyone will expect you to be champions again.

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