Thursday 29 September 2016

Conte promises 'a blazing inferno'

Matt Law

Published 15/07/2016 | 02:30

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte poses after the press conference. Photo: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte poses after the press conference. Photo: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters

Antonio Conte sidestepped the invitation to give himself a nickname to rival the self-proclaimed 'Special One', but Chelsea's new head coach had a clear warning for Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and the rest of the Premier League's super coaches - he will find a way to win.

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And Conte will do so with John Terry at his side, as the Italian confirmed that the 35-year-old, who almost left the club at the end of last season, will remain as Chelsea's captain whether or not he plays.

A week after Mourinho and Guardiola set out their visions for the two Manchester clubs, Conte made it clear that he has not come to Chelsea to simply be part of a stellar cast of managers that also includes Arsenal's Arsene Wenger, Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino.

Conte believes he can relight the fire of Chelsea's 2014/15 Premier League title success and bury the memory of last season's disastrous campaign in which the club finished 10th in the table and missed out on European football.

"We are underrated a bit and might slip under the radar, but I hope there's a small flame flickering here that can, hopefully, grow into a blazing inferno," he said.

Conte assured Chelsea fans that the club would not be left behind in the transfer market as they continue talks over adding midfielder N'Golo Kante, defender Kalidou Koulibaly and striker Alvaro Morata to the signing of forward Michy Batshuayi.

Asked what he would bring with him from his time at Juventus and as Italian national manager, Conte (46) said: "There are certain managers who are winners.

"Regardless of the job they do, some coaches have a winning mentality besides their working methods and philosophies. There are winners in football, but not everyone has that in them. Those who do are, indeed, special." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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