Antonio Conte is of the opinion that he deserves patience at Chelsea after last season’s “miracle” Premier League title win.
“I have to stay with my fingers crossed,” said Conte with a smile ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United. “Honestly, I think I earned my time here with the win of last season.
“I don’t like to ask for time. I like to tell the truth. The situation is very clear: my task is to work and to put all myself for this club. Then if it’s enough? OK. If it’s not enough? OK. The same. I will continue to live.
“If we think I click my fingers and we are ready to fight. It’s not simple. Last season happened. A miracle.
“It was a miracle, because we had the same players that the season before finished 10th.”
And he says he has explained to Abramovich and the Chelsea hierarchy of the need to overhaul a squad shy of the heroes of the last decade of success, which began with Mourinho’s first spell at the club.
Conte said: “We must be ready to do something special. But we must be realistic and to understand that we are building. We are creating a foundation.
“It’s important to have the patience and then to have the time to do this.
“I understand that it’s not for all to have patience — I have not a lot of patience, honestly. But patience is a big quality.”