Antonio Conte says he chose to see the funny side after rumours of him being fired as Chelsea manager surfaced this week.
The former Italy boss took charge of the Blues in the off-season, replacing interim boss Guus Hiddink, and after a run of early successes has now returned just one victory in four matches.
After such a short time in charge you’d think any talk of firing Conte would be unthinkable, but that didn’t stop several bookmakers from suspended betting on the Italian losing his job following a flurry of bets.
“I am trying to find out who put the money on, it’s very difficult,” Conte joked.
The Italian clearly didn’t want to get into too much talk surrounding his position at the club, however, preferring to focus on matters at hand, namely Saturday’s clash against champions Leicester.
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“It is difficult to talk about the situation because I am focused about my work and improving the team,” he said.
“I have a good relationship and communication with the club.
“We are working very hard to change the situation of the past. We are trying to build something important for the present and future.”
Any pressure he felt, Conte said, was the kind of pressure any manager feels.
“The pressure is the same. It’s normal to live with the pressure. Also, the players, you want to win, you want to do good work.
“Pressure is a part of our job. It’s normal. The same as in the other countries,” he said.
Saturday’s game marks the first time Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante will play against his former club, having joined the Blues for £30m during the recent transfer window.
“Kante is an important player. He is a fantastic player with good stamina, technique and personality,” Conte added.
“He brought a great will to fight and he is a humble man. I like him and these types of players, those who put the team before himself.”