Chelsea celebrated winning the Premier League title, but there was a time during the season that Antonio Conte came so close to getting sacked, at least according to bookmakers, that several of them suspended the betting on him leaving the Blues.
The bookmakers’ ‘prediction’ would have come true, if Roman Abramovich had not supported his Italian manager.
He came for three days to watch our training sessions, to watch the video analysis, to stay with us. He supported me. He never showed me he was angry
Conte said about Chelsea’s Russian billionaire owner, referring to the days right after their 3-0 loss to Arsenal.
I think the club always saw my job, during pre-season and in that period, and trusted in my job. I never thought the club was thinking about sacking me. Honestly
the Italian manager also told reporters ahead of the FA Cup final against Arsenal.
As for whether or not he expected his team to win the Premier League after that result, Conte admitted that
it was very difficult to think about celebrating winning the league after the Arsenal defeat. To think we’d arrive at the end of the season and be celebrating winning the league. Honestly, that felt very difficult.