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Published: 15:58 | 14/7/16

Conte ready for Chelsea pressure


Antonio Conte is ready for the pressure that comes with being Chelsea manager.

Chelsea's Premier League title defence faltered from the very first game last season and their poor form resulted in Jose Mourinho losing his job.

Guus Hiddink took charge of the Blues for the remainder of the campaign but, while he managed to steady the ship, the club only managed to finish in the tenth and, as a result, will not play European football this year.

Conte knows the size of the job that awaits him but he is excited at the prospect of leading Chelsea.

"The pressure for me is not important. I was born with pressure. It's normal," Conte told his first press conference since taking charge at Stamford Bridge.

"When you are a player, a footballer, or a manager of a great club like Chelsea you must play to win the title or to fight at the end to compete with the other teams, to win the title, to reach your targets.

"I know this league is very, very difficult, because there are six, seven teams that can win the title.

"We know that this year it won't be easy for us because if we think the last season 10th position, last season was a bad season. We know. Me, the players, the club.

"But I think we must think to the present, to work very hard every day, every week, every month, to build something important for the club.

"The fans need to find a team ready to fight until the end to compete with the other teams. There is only one team to win the title, but we must stay there till the end of the season.

"Chelsea belongs to Champions League and we must stay there."

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