Chelsea boss Conte told 'stop making excuses' after £200M transfer spend

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'I think I am a bit of a disaster at convincing the club to buy the players. My players are not used to it, but they are getting used to these rumours and speculation. I can speak about him very well, as a person and a coach. "As players, and I am sure as the manager, the only thing you want is the next game to come around so you can try and put it right and we have that opportunity on Monday".

He summoned his stars to the club's Cobham training headquarters and ALL of the squad had a say on their slump - which has seen last season's champions now fighting for a top-four spot.

Pardew has agreed to fly his players out for a warm-weather training camp, in a move created to build team spirit for the final 11 Premier League games of the season.

"We are talking about a team that is [fifth] in the league, that is preparing to face the game against Barcelona", he said.

Despite poor results since the turn of the year, the Blues are 4th in the league standings, with the FA Cup and Champions League still to play for.

"But it does not mean you have to win a trophy, because that's not easy".

Asked what he meant, Conte replied: "Because it seems like we are fighting for the relegation zone".

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"I don't think that anyone expected us to win the title".

The defending Premier League champions allowed Serbia worldwide Nemanja Matic to move to title rivals Manchester United in a £40m deal back in August.

Conte has been under pressure despite winning the title in his rookie Prem campaign. "We are doing. we are keeping our expectations", Conte told reporters at Cobham Training Ground.

But the ex-Juventus and Italian national team boss, 48, insists there is a different atmosphere during their current slump.

Blues director Marina Granovskaia is understood to hold huge admiration for Silva, who impressed immensely during early days at Watford. 'No, we haven't, ' he said. In this aspect I can improve a lot. Usually, in my experience, I think I reached the best results possible with the players that I have to work with.

For years we have seen Leicester and West Brom thrive meanwhile the other East and West Midlands clubs struggle, but now, there is a serious possibility of five teams representing the region in 2018/19. This season, we are not working on this aspect.

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