ANTONIO CONTE decided to swerve suggestions that Chelsea’s damaging defeat to Tottenham vindicated his frustrations over the club’s recent transfer policy.
The Blues boss insisted he would not tell Chelsea’s board ‘I told you so’ despite the west Londoners having all but surrendered the chance for Champions League qualification with today’s 3-1 home loss to Spurs.
Tottenham’s first win at Stamford Bridge since 1990 has given them an eight-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea with just seven matches to play.
Conte has not hidden his dissatisfaction with the club’s recruitment in the past but refused to add to his past statements following today’s result.
He said: “I think that now is not the right moment to tell ‘I said this before’.
“Now the moment is to try to continue to work with great professionalism. And we are doing this, and we have to try until the end to do our best.
“But I think if we are in this position, we are deserving of this position.”
Asked if his own future would be on the line if Chelsea miss out on a top-four finish, Conte replied: “I don’t know, I don’t know.
“I don’t know about this, but we didn’t speak about a project. I don’t know, you have to ask the club, not me.