Antonio Conte admits he has been a 'disaster' in the transfer market

Conte praises ´fantastic´ Luis Enrique

Conte praises ´fantastic´ Luis Enrique

Asked if he thought Chelsea's current squad could be improved, Conte said: "I don't know". However, we are in real danger of finishing the season without any silverware, and if the poor results continue, we could even miss out on Champions League qualification.

The former Juventus coach also feels that the uncertainty over his future will not take a toll on his players. When I was the coach of Juventus, he was Roma's coach. Yes. For the Gunners it all depends on whether Arsene Wenger is finally ready to release his zipper-hold on the club, but if he does abdicate this summer, Arsenal could do Chelsea (and Conte?) a favor and take Luis Enrique off the market.

Chris Sutton believes Chelsea FC didn't sign enough players of quality to win the Champions League and retain the Premier League.

"We are talking about a team that is fourth in the league [before the start of the weekend fixtures], is preparing to face the game against Barcelona, we are in the FA Cup competition and we reached the semi-final of the Carabao Cup".

"I do feel sorry for the manager because the job he did past year was absolutely outstanding and I don't really think he's changed too much", Sky Sports News quotes him as saying.

"My task is to try and improve every single player, in every aspect - in terms of their mentality also". I have, usually, a great respect.

Alan Pardew believes that Antonio Conte deserves "extra time" to fix Chelsea's problems and insists that the Italian is deserving of sympathy.

The Blues have suffered two consecutive league losses against Watford and Bournemouth respectively.

The Baggies are bottom of the Premier League and fighting for survival but Pardew sympathises with Conte.

"When you've got one of those at the top of the pitch they're very hard to replace".

Costa's exit was prompted by a bust-up with Conte but Pardew has sympathy for the Italian. 'The job he did a year ago was absolutely outstanding and I don't think he's changed too much.

"But you can not fault his record and the job he's done since he came to the Premier League". 'That defeat was probably more of a disappointment than anything else I've had since I was manager here.

Setting aside the persistent rumours, Conte said he regards Enrique extremely highly.