Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said that he enjoys all the pressure facing his side lately.
The Blues were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Arsenal a fortnight ago. And suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth on Wednesday.
The Blues’ Boss spoke ahead of Monday’s league meeting with Watford.
Here are some talking points from Conte’s press conference on Friday
OLIVIER GIROUD AND EMERSON PALMIERI ARE NOT YET READY
“We have to wait; especially for Palmieri, we are talking about a player who is coming back from a bad injury. He has played only one game, in the Italian Cup against Torino.
“Olivier is coming back from a muscular injury and was out for 50 days before playing 15 minutes against Swansea.
“We are starting to work with him and we have to check his physical condition. For sure, it won’t be easy to see him in the starting 11 on Monday.”
“The speculation doesn’t affect me. This season, the situation has always been the same, with a lot of pressure around me. And I don’t understand why always around me. But maybe it is because this is Chelsea.
“This is the only answer I’m having. But the pressure is normal.
I LIKE THE PRESSURE
“In the past, for me the pressure is life. If I stay without pressure, I don’t like it. I don’t like it. I like to have the pressure.
THE PRESSURE IS GOOD FOR ME AND THE PLAYERS
“I like this type of situation. If I see there is no pressure, it’s no good for me or the players. When the situation is too calm, you risk being relaxed and to lose the anger, the fire. I like to live with this pressure.”
LESSON FROM RECENT DEFEAT
‘The lesson is always the same, there’s no easy game in this league. ‘I think we knew this.
‘Bournemouth played a good game. For many reasons we didn’t perform well.’
ON THE VACANT JOB IN ITALY’S NATIONAL TEAM
“Costacurta is a friend – we played together with the national team in 1994. But, maybe he forgot that I still have 18 months of contract with Chelsea.
“My intention, my will, my desire is to respect this contract. Do I have plans to speak with him? No.”
ON ALVARO MORATA’S INJURY
‘Alvaro is still out and I hope to be able to solve this situation.
‘For a problem in his back, he’s missing a lot of games which is not a good situation. I hope in the future that the medical department can solve this situation.’