Antonio Conte pleads with Chelsea for public vote of confidence

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Christian Purslow says Chelsea's fans will back owner Roman Abramovich over transfer business despite criticism from Antonio Conte.

Conte has continually complained about his lack of squad depth at Stamford Bridge this season, and clashed with the board over transfer policy. If the Blues lose, Conte could be sacked, according to the Express. Although he still has 18 months left on his contract with the Blues, his relationship with Marina Granovskaia appears to be beyond fix, and Chelsea's season is in genuine danger of caving in on the Italian.

And Conte said: "I'd like the club to prepare a statement for me to say they trust me in my work and my job". The challenge is that, in the past, this never happened.

Speaking at a news conference at Chelsea FC's Cobham training ground on Friday afternoon, Conte said of Emerson: "For me, if a player deserves to play, then he will play". "But, for sure, I'd be glad".

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Manchester United have been in good form this season and they are looking to tighten their hold on the Champions League places. We did it last season at Stamford Bridge after one minute but to concede straight from kick-off is ridiculous.

Batshuayi has started just four Premier League games for the Stamford Bridge outfit since his arrival in 2016.

Although Abramovich has always remained reluctant to speak in public, Chelsea did issue a 57-word statement offering José Mourinho their "full support" in October 2015 after a fourth defeat of his team's fledgling title defence. Chelsea are more or less out of the tite race, but have a chance to win the FA Cup and are very much alive in the Champions League.

"Conte only increased my dilemma at the last Europeans [Championship]". I'm ready. I think the players are starting to understand that this season we have to struggle for a position in the Champions League. The club failed to land a number of players in key area's that, according to Conte, have left a number of players exhausted and not performing at their best due to the increased demands that the Champions League has brought. "Then I saw Conte at work in France and realised you could also choose someone opposite to that description".

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