Conte provokes Chelsea Board after Watford thrashing

Conte provokes Chelsea Board after Watford thrashing

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has insisted he is not feeling the pressure despite another poor result on Monday night.

Conte’s future was cast into further doubt as his 10 men were thrashed 4-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road.

The Blues, who lost 3-0 at home to Bournemouth last week, were poor again and had Tiemoue Bakayoko sent off inside half an hour.

Troy Deeney scored a penalty in the closing stages of the first half but Chelsea stayed in the contest and equalised through a magnificent Eden Hazard goal.

The visitors were not level for long, however, as Daryl Janmaat scored his own memorable effort to put Watford back in front before Gerard Deulofeu, man of the match on his home debut, and substitute Roberto Pereyra rounded off the win with breakaway goals to secure an emphatic win.

Conte had called on Chelsea’s hierarchy to “prepare a statement…to say they trust me in my work” ahead of the game but it was another dismal evening for the defending champions, who are now 19 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

“My position? It is the same. I stay here, try to work and put all myself in the work,” Conte said after the defeat.

“The pressure? Which pressure? What is the pressure?

“I work – if this is enough it is, OK. Otherwise the club has to take another decision.

“I tried to warn everyone about the difficulty of our path in the league and Champions League. We performed very bad but maybe I made the mistakes with the starting XI today.

“My choice was very poor I think. It was very difficult to change something tonight.”

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