Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte pass on his “suffering saying there is a big problem at the club, adding that the issues are not simple to solve.
Chelsea have struggled in recent games with the latest being a 3-0 loss to AS Roma in the Champions League.
A large portion of the squad which won the title under Mourinho in 2014-15 remain at Chelsea, but Conte does not believe having their former leader in the team which eventually affects his players.
Chelsea have lost three of their first 10 Premier League matches this term, to sit nine points behind leaders Manchester City entering this weekend’s fixtures.
Conte declined to discuss Nemanja Matic’s transfer from Chelsea to Old Trafford, or comment on his relationship with Jose Mourinho, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United.
Conte also stated on Friday, that it is unlikely anyone will be able to catch Manchester City in the Premier League title race this season.
Chelsea twice beat United at Stamford Bridge last season, but Conte will accept responsibility if things go wrong this weekend.
He said,”We are struggling a lot, because we are facing a lot of important problems,” he said. “To solve these problems is not simple. In this moment you can see if you are a winner or a loser.
“It’s important to show our character, to be strong, to face the problem in the right way.
“I’m a coach who doesn’t like to find excuses. Sometimes I prefer to [face] all the mistakes.”
Mourinho cut a frustrated figure at his former stomping ground last season after Chelsea won 4-0 in the Premier League and 1-0 in the FA Cup.
Press Association Sport report, conte “This is a very important moment. When the period is positive, it’s very simple for everyone to play well, to have great confidence.
“In this moment, when you’re struggling, it’s important to show our character. To be strong. To face the problems in the right way.
“I am used, in my life, to doing this. I struggled a lot in my life, as a player and then as a coach also. My history, my story, tells you this.
“I think that, now, there is a big problem for all the teams that want to fight for the title, and this big problem is Manchester City.
The Portuguese, who won three Premier League titles in two spells with Chelsea, and Conte have exchanged verbal taunts, but the latter declined to add to the animosity.
Conte said: “It’s not important, the relationship between the coaches. We have to respect the job of the other coaches.
“He’s an opponent and I’m an opponent for him. After the game it will be the same.”
When asked if he was friends with any other managers in England, Conte replied: “Honestly, not now, no. Before, I had a really good relationship with Claudio Ranieri and after the awards for the best coach and the best player at FIFA, we went for a dinner with our wives.
“But I think it’s very difficult to speak about ‘friendship’ with other coaches because then they become an opponent. You can have respect, for the job and the work, but to speak about friendship is difficult.”
The Italian, is following a familiar script. Admittedly he had known hardships during his playing days and while he established his reputation as a coach with Arezzo and Siena, Atalanta and Bar.
“I’m a coach who doesn’t like to find excuses or alibis. Sometimes I prefer to put my face in front of the television cameras for all the mistakes, even if the mistake is not mine.” From now on there will be no ambiguity and only.
Conte, if Manchester City continue in this way, I think this is the big problem for all the teams who are thinking about fighting for the title.
“If they continue in this way, it will be very difficult to fight for the title. But, for sure, we have to try to do our best in every game.
“I don’t know, honestly, I don’t know,” Conte said when asked if City could keep it up. “Until now, though, they are having a fantastic path.
“I know I have to do my job. My only worry is to do my job with all myself. I’m doing my job in this way so, for this reason, when I finish my work and go home, I’m satisfied with what I’m doing this season and last season for this club.