The Baggies boss is friends with former Watford manager and current Espanyol boss Enrique Sanchez Flores.
“But I’m very happy”. ‘When I was the coach of Juventus, he was Roma’s coach. I can speak about him very well, as a person and a coach. We must be ready to play three games in eight days.
Recent defeats against Bournemouth and Watford have come as a humiliation to the Premier League winners, but Conte explained why he should not have to win silverware to keep his job. Yeah, we understand that when you lose two games in a row, the situation is not simple. But, I repeat, I’m not jealous or envious of other managers.
West Brom boss Alan Pardew admits he feels sorry for Antonio Conte and believes the Chelsea manager is still missing Diego Costa. “I have, usually, a great respect [for fellow managers]”.
“We have been talking a lot about bad results but sometimes we forget we are facing a serious situation”, said the head coach.
Christensen returned to Chelsea last summer following a highly productive two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and, despite starting the season on the bench, he took Luiz’s place in the middle of the back three in November after the Brazilian was dropped for a Premier League match against Manchester United due to tensions with Conte.
Costa’s exit was prompted by a bust-up with Conte but Pardew has sympathy for the Italian.
“When you’ve got one of those at the top of the pitch they’re very hard to replace”. Chelsea also took on the increased physical burden of European football after having a year out of the Champions League last season.
“But you can not fault his record and the job he’s done since he came to the Premier League”.
Chelsea have won all three Premier League meetings against West Brom under Antonio Conte without conceding a single goal. The reason why we lost to the Saints was not exclusively down to injuries, although it was a contributing factor, writes Baggies blogger Nathan Carr.
Merson also made the claim that were Wenger not in the helm for so long, multiple world-class managers would have jumped at the opportunity to manage Arsenal – and things would perhaps be much different for the North London club. The contacts have got to be very prudent and we have to speak with people who are already under contract, so we need to be diplomatic.