Despondent Conte blames self for Watford debacle

CAPE TOWN –Chelsea manager Antonio Conte acted like a dead man walking at his post-match conference on Monday following the Blues’ disastrous 4-1 defeat at Watford. A red card for midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko after a less-than impressive first 30 minutes left the Stamford Bridge outfit up against it and although Eden Hazard equalised with eight minutes to go, late goals from Roberto Pereyra, Daryl Janmaat and Gerard Deulofeu gave Watford a win.

The defeat was their second successive loss by a three-goal margin and leaves the team in fourth place, six points adrift of Manchester United in second place and 19 points behind leaders Manchester City.

This also piled the pressure on an already beleaguered Conte.

There are rumours that he would be sacked if Chelsea lost to Watford, with former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri as a potential replacement.

When speaking to reporters, Conte appeared to blame himself for the loss and then seemingly challenged the club’s hierarchy to sack him.

“I tried to warn everyone about the difficulty of our path in the league and Champion’s League. We performed very bad but maybe I made the mistakes with starting XI today,” said Conte

“My choice was very poor, I think. It was very difficult to change something tonight.

“I work- if it is enough it is, OK. Otherwise the club has to take another decision.”

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