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Antonio Conte gives Chelsea players three days off in wake of humiliation at

Watford as board convene to decide manager's future


Antonio Conte gives Chelsea squad three days off after 4-1 loss at Watford
Some of the players have privately complained about intense training sessions
Move to give them a break comes with Chelsea not in action until next Monday
Chelsea board will convene on Tuesday to discuss Conte's future
Ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is the front runner to succeed him

By Sami Mokbel for MailOnline


PUBLISHED: 11:23 GMT, 6 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:56 GMT, 6 February 2018

Antonio Conte has given his Chelsea players three days off in the wake of their 4-1
humbling by Watford on Monday night.

The Blues have a rare free midweek and don't return to action until Monday next
week when they host West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

Some of the Chelsea players have been privately complaining about the workload and
intensity of Conte's training sessions.

But Conte is clinging to his job by a thread following the embarrassing loss at
Vicarage Road, with the Chelsea board set to convene on Tuesday to discuss his
future.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is the front-runner to succeed Conte should they
decide to replace him and could take up the position immediately having been
without a job since leaving the Nou Camp last summer.

In an emotional press conference after the loss at Watford, Conte dared the Chelsea
board to swing their axe.

'No, I'm not worried. I'm not worried about my job,' said Conte.

'I work every day, and I give 120 per cent. Okay? If this is enough, it's okay.

'Otherwise, the club can take a different decision. But I'm not worried. Tomorrow
is another day. I can be the Chelesa coach or not. Which is the problem? My soul is
clear.

'I go to sleep without a problem that maybe, maybe, I could do this or that. I try
to do everything. If it's not good, the club can make a different decision. Life
goes on.

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'To play football in a great club, it means you must have a personality because
it's simple to play when there is the confidence.

'Especially in this type of moment, you can see who is (ready to play) for a great
club. To play with personality and also to risk something.'

Chelsea's players should enjoy their respite - after the West Brom match on Monday,
they only have a four-day turnaround before a home FA Cup fifth round tie against
Hull City on the Friday night.

After that, the Blues entertain Barcelona on February 20 in the last-16 of the
Champions League before a visit to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on
February 25.