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Conte on taking responsibility, getting the Chelsea starting XI wrong, being in ‘worst situation’

Post-match quotes from the Chelsea boss after the 4-1 defeat at Watford.

Watford v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

There was an anxious delay between an overjoyed Watford manager Javi Gracia finishing his post-match press conference and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte showing up for his, especially since it’s usually the away side or the losing side who go first in these situations and Conte qualified under both. But he eventually did show up, putting rumors to bed (for this brief moment) of already getting sacked in the tunnels (a la Ancelotti) or being in a taxi somewhere heading home.

As far as the game itself, everything went wrong from just about the first minute to the last. Chelsea started poorly, then got even worse, and outside of a few minutes of hope in the second-half, were terrible across the board.

Even the equalizer, which came from a great individual Hazard effort, was almost detrimental to the cause, as Chelsea got eve more disorganized and were made to pay repeatedly and emphatically by the hosts.

So what happens now? Conte talked about his own great disappointment, about everyone needing to take responsibility, about not playing with fear, and about continuing the work. As ever, there is only one way forward. Work, work, and more work.

As far as his job security, Conte claims he’s not worried about it and that he hasn’t lost the dressing room. Whether you believe him or not is immaterial. The only opinion that matters now is the owner’s.

Things are looking bleak at the moment, there is no doubt about that. Conceding seven goals to Bournemouth and Watford will tend to do that. Conte’s never been one for blind hope, and he’s got none to give right now either.

Before the post-match presser, Conte stopped for a brief chat with Sky’s cameras, saying most of the same things as he later did to the assembled journalists.

Hopefully this is not the last time we get to see Conte in action as Chelsea boss.

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