Chelsea news: Antonio Conte hits back over huge claim from Roy Keane | Football | Sport


face a make-or-break few weeks with the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against Barcelona, with Premier League clashes against Manchester United and Manchester City to follow.

Europe’s elite competition and the FA Cup represent the Blues’ best chance of success this season with their title defence folding spectacularly.

Conte came under increasing scrutiny over his position in the wake of back-to-back defeats in the league against Bournemouth and Watford.

The Italian tactician has cut a disconsolate figure on the touchline and has expressed his frustration on a number of occasions about the club’s transfer policy.

After Keane labelled the Blues stars “unprofessional” and suggested they had “downed tools under different managers”, Conte took exception, although he stopped short of calling out the ITV pundit.

When questioned about Keane’s comments, Conte said: “No, no. As you know very well, in every moment I have underlined the commitment of the players.

“I think that, in these 18 months, we built a great mentality.

“In every training session I see great commitment and great behaviour.

“Under this aspect, I’m very happy.”

Meanwhile, ahead of the FA Cup tie against Hull tomorrow night (8pm) was hijacked by an Italian journalist.

The prankster held up a Manchester United shirt signed by Jose Mourinho which had ‘Antonio Conte 1’ on the back.

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