Courtois: We'll fight for Conte
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will have the full support of his players to help him avoid suffering a similar fate as that of Jose Mourinho two years back, the Premier League champions' goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said.
- Published 25.10.17
London: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will have the full support of his players to help him avoid suffering a similar fate as that of Jose Mourinho two years back, the Premier League champions' goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said.
Chelsea ended a three-match winless streak with a league win over Watford last weekend, but the build-up to that game was clouded by speculation about Conte's future, with reports suggesting the players were unhappy with his training methods.
Courtois compared the situation to that of Mourinho, who won the league in 2014-15 but was sacked the following season after a poor run of results. "We are ready to fight for the coach. We'll definitely fight," Courtois said.
"I remember what happened two years ago under Jose Mourinho and things started to be said. There were stories about the dressing room without knowing what was happening.
"We are happy to show that we are ready to fight. We all know what would have happened if we had lost against Watford."
Courtois, 25, dismissed reports regarding player unrest over the manager's training methods. "Every manager has his own routine. With Antonio, we do a lot of tactical sessions and drills It's not as if we don't like to train.#Fourth-placed Chelsea face Everton in the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday before travelling to 19th-placed Bournemouth in the league on Saturday.