Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has backed his players to deliver despite speculation surrounding his Chelsea future.
“Honestly I don’t think talk about my future can affect the players,” Conte said. “Otherwise from the first game we lost against Burnley, it could happen this.
“I think my players are getting used to these rumours, to this speculation, but for sure I am very happy with the commitment of my players, the behaviour of my players because they show me every day they want to overcome this situation.
“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.”