Conte accepts selection mistakes after 'very bad' Watford loss

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That loss was preceded by a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Bournemouth.

Sources told ESPN FC on Tuesday that Conte has given his Chelsea players three days off to rest, with the team not in action again until West Bromwich Albion visit Stamford Bridge next Monday.

However, the 33-year-old explained that the players are willing to go through it all because of the enormous belief they have in Conte's process.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone have both been linked with Conte's job, but it is understood there are now no discussions with any other potential managerial candidates.

The Italian is believed to have irritated his squad with his demanding training schedule and intense personality.

Former Chelsea assistant coach, Ray Wilkins, believes that The Blues' manager, Antonio Conte, is paying for the mistakes of former Technical Director, Micheal Emenalo.

He has, though, hinted that he is unhappy with the club's transfer policy despite signing Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and Emerson Palmieri during the January transfer window. "The manager has done an absolutely unbelievable job", Cahill stated. "We performed very bad but maybe I made the mistakes with the starting XI today". Performance-wise, I didn't recognise us or myself.

Giving an insight into the training sessions they have been having, Azpilicueta said that the intensity has been high as they look to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. "We have two bad results and we just try to get back, regroup and continue". "I work every day and I give120 percent, if this is enough, okay, otherwise the club can take a decision, but I'm not anxious", said Conte. It's about staying calm.

"It was abysmal. It hurts a lot when you come off after a performance like that".

The Spanish outlet also report that Chelsea will have to pay Conte €30m (£26.7m) in compensation if they sack him before the end of the season.

The defending champions are already 19 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City and just one ahead of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League table after 26 games.

'I'm sure this team will fight back.

The Spaniard won the Champions League, two La Liga titles and three Copa Del Reys during three years at the Nou Camp and, according to Sport, Chelsea believe that he could be the flawless fit to lead the west Londoners.

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