Chelsea player compares Antonio Conte’s situation with Mourinho’s fate

Chelsea players fighting to save Antonio Conte from suffering same fate as Jose Mourinho, claims goalkeeper Courtois.


Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has suggested that all the Chelsea players are ready to fight for their manager Antonio Conte to ensure he doesn’t suffer the same fate their former manager Jose Mourinho suffered in 2015.

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Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge has developed increasingly under the radar after a turbulent opening to the season, in spite of the Italian winning the title in his first year in English football only five months back.

Chelsea have already suffered defeats to Burnley and Crystal Palace, and also against Manchester City and there was growing speculation that Conte would be sacked if he faces three straight defeats. Chelsea were confronting the same on Saturday when they went 2-1 down at home against Watford, however, they came back heavily and eventually win 4-2.

Chelsea have a poor record of sacking managers straight away who can not deliver a good start and in 2015-16, they did the same with their former manager Jose Mourinho, who lost nine of their first 16 league games after winning the titles just in 2014-15 season.

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Many Blues fans are still dreading of such same situation as Conte is currently facing a torrid time at the club, however, his number one squad player Thibaut Courtois, who was also on the team in 2015 under Mourinho, has now come out of the support of the manager and claimed that all the Chelsea players will “fight” to save their manager’s job in the same way they did when José Mourinho was sacked. He also opined that he is sure they can overcome the situation collectively, citing the example of their comeback against Watford.

Courtois told Standard Sport: “We are ready to fight for the coach.

“I remember what happened two years ago under Jose Mourinho and things started to be said, there were stories about the dressing room without knowing what was happening.

“We are happy to show that we are ready to fight. We all know what would have happened [more debate over Conte’s future] if we had lost against Watford.

“There was a moment when we were 2-1 down, we were having difficulties and Watford could have made it 4-1. It was very important to come back to win.

“In 2015 [under Mourinho] we wanted to fight as well but the game didn’t turn out well for us, there was too much bad luck. Sometimes different things happened.

“But we are showing we want to fight again now, firstly as a group of players. We want to win games.

“We don’t want to lose and say we don’t care any more. We want to fight for ourselves, too. It is important for us.

“Some of us remember what happened two years ago and we don’t want the same thing to happen.”