Antonio Conte: My job is to win, not to make players happy

Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte says his priority at the club is to win and not make all his players happy.

The Italian’s starting lineup has remained largely unchanged this season.

While players such as Oscar, Mikel Obi and Branislav Ivanovic have left the club due to lack of game time, the likes of captain John Terry and Cesc Fabregas have been starved of game time.

The former Juventus coach has challenged his squad players to put pressure on him to make changes.

He told the British media ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Wolves, “When he doesn’t start in the lineup, he’s not happy, but not only John, or Cesc, or Pedro, or [Eden] Hazard.

“I want the player to try to fight to put me under pressure, to give me the problems to solve [and find] the best solutions for the team.

“It’s important to understand that when you stay in a great team, the most important thing, the target, is to win, not to try [and] have 21 players happy and you don’t win anything.

“The owner doesn’t ask this: to make 21 players happy. I’m happy if we win, not if we lose and have 21 players happy.

“I was a footballer, I know what happens in the changing room.

“For the players that are used to playing every game, for the players that are not playing a lot. For the players that are not playing, but this situation is normal in the changing room.

“I have the same things for every single player, not more thought for 11 players or 12 players. I try always to pay great attention for every single player.

“It’s important, this. I want to give them a great respect because I demand this. It’s the right way to have a good dressing room.”

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