Having been reminded what it feels like to lose, especially to another strong rival, Antonio Conte is ready to get back on the winning track. One loss was more than enough, thank you very much.
“One defeat is enough for us now.”
“It's important to play this game on Sunday in the FA Cup, to play good football, to try to win. In every game our mentality must be that we have to try to win every game. FA Cup or league (it) doesn't change.”
“I want always the same mentality, the right mentality, a winning mentality.”
This attitude isn’t unique to Conte, but it is one of his many qualities that have endeared him to the players, the fans, and the Board. In fact, earlier this week, technical director Michael (Mike?) Emenalo spoke about how Conte just might have the opportunity to “stay forever” at the club.
That may be a bit ambitious, beyond just the physical impossibility set by the natural aging process and the like, but it’s a lovely sentiment regardless. Conte responded in kind on Friday while not forgetting the realities of top level football management.
“I remember only three months ago that someone said that the club wanted to sack me. In football you can change your opinion quickly. I'm in a great club and I want to stay for a long period.”
“I have a good experience in football, that above all the manager, our life is not simple. But I want to tell thanks to Mike for his words. I hope to have a good path with Chelsea and to continue to work, to improve my players, to try to win trophies.”
-Antonio Conte; source: Independent
So say we all.