Conte: I’ve earned time at Chelsea

Antonio Conte, Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his Premier League title win last season should give him the benefit of the doubt.

The Blues are in a mini-crisis ahead of Sunday’s match against Manchester United, with reports surfacing of a bust-up between Conte and club owner Roman Abramovich.

"I have to stay with my fingers crossed," Conte said when asked if he would join Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri in losing his job in the season after winning the league title.

"Honestly, I think I earned my time here with the win of last season. I don't like to ask for time. I like to tell the truth.

"The situation is very clear: my task is to work and to put all myself for this club. Then if it's enough? OK. If it's not enough? OK. The same. I will continue to live.

"If we think I click my fingers and we are ready to fight. It's not simple. Last season happened. A miracle. It was a miracle because we had the same players that the season before finished 10th."

Chelsea have won their last two in the league but were beaten 3-0 by Roma in the Champions League in midweek, and therefore need a result against their former boss Jose Mourinho.

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