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'I start to be worried' - Antonio Conte concerned over Chelsea future

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Cassandra Gardner | 12 May, 2018, 08:18

This is surely the last time Antonio Conte will lead Chelsea in the Premier League, and the manager seemed resigned to his and the club's fates following the Huddersfield game.

Conte is listed at 1/10 - 90% probability - by Betway, to be leaving Stamford Bridge. The Magpies have lost eight of 11 against the Big Six this season while Chelsea have won 10 of their last 12 trips to promoted teams and given the combination of current form, team news and motivation, we'd have the Blues as even bigger favourites.

The Yorkshire club are guaranteed to finish above at least one of Swansea City or Southampton, who are scrapping to avoid the final relegation place, after securing a point at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

However, it is testament to how far the German has revitalised a sleeping giant on the European stage that Liverpool's first appearance in the Champions League last four for a decade is met with such expectation.

"Every season you have to face different situations". "A lot of things can happen in football but we will be there as well, we will have 11 players and we will try everything to make sure that next year we play in the Champions League again". The champions have raised the bar with the scintillating football they have played this season; Guardiola might not stay for long, but his legacy could be lasting.

Meanwhile, champions Manchester City said a fond Etihad farewell to Yaya Toure, routing Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 and moving on to 97 points - the most in a Premier League season - and to the verge of a landmark 100-point campaign.

Conte insisted failing to qualify for the Champions League wouldn't damage Chelsea's plans to compete for major honours next season. It was difficult. We worked very hard, but we won it...

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"Now probably we can finish fifth. To work very hard with my players", he added.

"It's stupid if we think rotation was a problem".

The Terriers ended up being eternally grateful to goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, who dazzlingly tipped an Andreas Christensen header on to the post in a moment that will go down in the Yorkshire club's folklore.

Town's achievement in securing Premier League safety will take some time to sink in, according to their Player of the Year Christopher Schindler.

Speculation over Conte's future has been ongoing all season, as the Chelsea manager has been linked with the exit door due to his strained relationships with the hierarchy at the club.

"The time I start listening to the speculation about me, this is the moment I start to be anxious", he said.

If Chelsea does end up losing, then the only way they make the Champions League is if Liverpool wins the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

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