Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has urged his team to play to for the club and the fans and dismissed the thought that his players must think about his own managerial job and try to play for him.
He spoke after the Blues’ win at Southampton and clearly stated that he wants his team to play well for the club and not just for him.
Chelsea came back from two goal down to register a great away win at the St. Mary’s and it has risen a glimmer of hope for them in their quest to finish in the top four. Questions was asked to Conte about the amazing comeback and if it has any link to plauers fighting for the managers’s job which is on the line, Conte shrugged off that quickly.
He said, “I can’t accept this [concept], because I was a player. The player must play every game not for me, but for the club and for the fans.”
“They must have great respect for this badge. They don’t have to play for the coach. They have to play for the club and the fans, to show great character like today. This is the best possible way for a player to show he is a fantastic professional.”
He added that he and his staffs work very hard and the players also converted their hard work on the field and showed their mental stature in difficult situations.
But there is still some aftermaths despite of a good result on the field for the Blues manager.
Antonio Rudiger, the Chelsea defender was omitted from the matchday squad to face Southampton despite being fully fit, and some have suggested that his absence was a response to him appearing to question Chelsea’s tactical approach in a TV interview after the draw against West Ham. Asked about his omission of Rudiger at St Mary’s, Conte replied simply, “It was a tactical decision.”
Conte have had his differences with players and owners this season after multiple clashes with the club and the Italian is expected to part ways with the London club at the end of the season.