Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hasn’t had too much to show happiness at Stamford Bridge in the latter half this season. The club is fighting for a Champions League spot.
The talk of his future and replacement of him being succeeded with another manager is unlikely to have helped his mood either.
But for a brief moment during his press conference this afternoon, the Italian couldn’t keep the smile off his face.
Speaking to the Reporters ahead of tomorrow night’s Premier League clash with Burnley, Conte’s phone began to ring in his pocket.
Looking at the screen, he admitted the caller was his wife and apologized for the interruption.
“It was my wife, always in the worst moment. I’m sorry,” he said.
“You can give me a fine! I’m sorry because I would be annoyed if it happened to one of you.”
Chelsea faces an uphill task to qualify for next season’s Champions League as they trail fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by eight points, even if Mauricio Pochettino’s side have played one game more.
Conte accepts the odds are stacked against his team but has urged his players to fight for a top-four spot until it’s mathematically impossible.
“We have to try until the end to reach this target,” the Italian manager added.
“If we want to be realistic with five games to go, it’s not simple to reduce the gap, but we must have the will to fight, the desire to take this target. Why not?
“We have an important game against Burnley, a really strong team having a fantastic season, and it won’t be easy to get three points.”