Antonio Conte says Chelsea would be 'stupid' to sack him as manager

Bundesliga Expert Claims Former Dortmund Boss 'Is Favourite to Replace Conte' at Chelsea

The under-pressure Italian, who called for a public vote of confidence from the club during that period, admitted confidence among his squad is low ahead of Monday's game with bottom club West Brom and knows their form must improve.

And back-to-back league defeats against Bournemouth and Watford - following the Carabao Cup semi-final lost against Arsenal - have further increased speculation that he will not last until the end of the season. Conte has been able to win only two out of the last 10 games and the club's title defence has been very bad.

Asked if the club needs to compete for trophies in order to retain its star names, the former Italy coach replied: "I think every team tries to keep their best players".

"We are at that road where you can either turn left or right".

Cahill concedes it was one of his worst displays for the club but says Chelsea have shown in the past that there is no reason to panic after two bad results.

The next few weeks will be decisive in Chelsea's season.

Pedro was Chelsea's latest injury worry after coming off injured against Watford in the 4-1 defeat last Monday but Conte has confirmed that he's recovered in time to face West Brom.

It's not so much that Chelsea have had such an atrocious season, it's just that CFC owner Roman Abramovich is notorious for his itchy manager sacking trigger finger, and thus reporters speculate that Conte has the sword of Damacles hanging over his head.

Seeing them slip down to the Championship would nearly be an easy way out for West Brom, with the two teams having not met in a baffling six years since the Baggies dismantled Wolves 5-1 in what was the old gold & black's final season in the PL to date.

"In my vision, you can win but, at the same time, the club might not be happy to stay with you".

Jay Rodriguez is available despite being charged by the Football Association for allegedly racially abusing Brighton's Gaetan Bong, something he denies.

West Brom have only one win in their last 24 games, with Alan Pardew's men five points adrift of safety in 20th, with relegation a real possibility.

"And I said, if the club has to decide to sack me, it's right to sack me because of my ideas". "It's a situation which is not ideal for Jay". Let's hope it's not too long before we see him return to action.

"I think the most important thing is to understand the situation and understand what your targets are".

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