Antonio Conte insists he is not feeling the pressure at Chelsea and is ‘different’ to his predecessors who have faced the sack at Stamford Bridge.
The likes of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti have been shown the door by ruthless owner Roman Abramovich after bringing great success to the club and there were fears that Conte was heading in a similar direction.
After winning the Premier League in his first season in English football, Chelsea have struggled to cope with the demands of European football so far this time around and find themselves nine points behind leaders Manchester City in fourth place.
Things looked as if they were going from bad to worse on Saturday as the Blues went 2-1 down to Watford but a late rally from Conte’s men eased the pressure on him to win 4-2.
After the match, though, Conte was adamant he’s not feeling the heat at Chelsea and distanced himself from other managers who were fired after achieving success.
‘I am not like the previous managers. I am different. I am different,’ he said after Chelsea’s win against Watford.
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‘It is important to understand this. The club has to judge the work and, honestly, I don’t have this type of worry – if I lose the game, if the club decides to sack me.
‘In the past, the club decided after two losses or three bad games to sack a manager. I don’t think it is the same for every manager.
‘You change the person, change the work. I repeat. If you ask if I feel this type of pressure about the club, it is zero.’