Antonio Conte has explained why Roman Abramovich visited Chelsea’s training ground earlier this week, amid reports claiming the Italian manager is under pressure.
Two consecutive defeats have left the Blues in midtable, eight points off top spot after six fixtures.
Not only have the results been below-par, but performances have not been what were expected when Conte was hired, and Abramovich is reportedly not happy.
However, the Italian has downplayed such reports, indicating that the passionate Russian only wanted to have a conversation about football.
Speaking prior to Chelsea’s clash with Hull, Conte said: “I’m lucky because Mr Abramovich is very passionate about football.
“To talk with him about football is very interesting. To discuss and explain my idea of football, to have a confrontation.”
It was a Freudian slip. It was clarified that the Italian, whose English is very good and continually improving, meant conversation.
There have also been suggestions Abramovich is already looking ahead to the January transfer window, with the view of bankrolling another spending spree to overhaul the struggling Blues squad.
But Conte refused to discuss any transfer business, with his focus entirely on the present.
“We must think about the present, because the present is now more important,” the Italian added.
“I don’t see an opportunity in January to spend money or to change. Now I see the present.
“I see in the present the opportunity to improve, to continue to work, to understand it’s not easy.
“We know this in the club. And we must continue to change the story of last season.”