Antonio Conte Says He Will Always Love Chelsea, Blues Supporters


After he guided Chelsea to a 1-0 FA Cup Final win over Manchester United, Blues manager Antonio Conte made remarks to the media that came off as a “back me or sack me” kind of message. At the same time, Conte gave commentary that evoked the legendary power ballad “I will always love you.”

Written by Dolly Parton in the late 1960s, and best popularized by Whitney Houston’s performing it in the early 1990s, it’s a song about having to say goodbye, and not looking back in anger. The lyrics to the 10th-best-selling single of the 1990s in the United Kingdom (estimated sales 1,355,055) convey a message of “it’s time for us to part, but no hard feelings, in fact I still love you.”

Given that just about everybody who has been paying attention to Chelsea this season strongly believes that Conte managed his final game with the club yesterday, the Italian’s remarks seemed like a pleasant farewell.

“After these two seasons, I will always love this club and these fans – also if my future must be in a different way,” Conte told reporters, after stating that he’ll accept any fate the club gives him.

“For sure, we’ll make the best decision. I’m the first to accept every decision for the future,” Conte said.

He also maintains that he did the absolute best that he could given the resources he was allocated. He referred to himself as a “serial winner,” and just as he did prior to the match, took pride in what he accomplished this season.

“I’m a serial winner. I showed this in England in a difficult moment for the club after a 10th-place finish [in 2015-16]. In two seasons, I brought two trophies for this club,” Conte maintained.

“I have a contract and I’m committed for this club. As you know very well, our job is not simple. I understand that the club can make a decision, a positive decision or a negative decision. I’m the first to understand.”

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“You have to understand if, in this season, we had the maximum or not. There is the possibility, with this group of players, that we did the maximum.”

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC and Chicago, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.

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