According to the Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, the Blues boss Antonio Conte has received the full backing of Chelsea’s players.
Chelsea finally got back to winning ways at the weekend with a hard-fought 4-2 win over Watford on Saturday and the Belgium number one believes that result will kick-start the Blues faltering season.
“When a top team has a few bad results the first thing people try to say is that the players are not happy and we’re not behind the coach, but against Watford you saw we fought for every moment and we fought when we were down, so everybody can see we’re behind the coach,” Courtois told the club’s official website.
He added: “Those rumours are easy to spread but I don’t think they are true. If somebody is unhappy, instead of going to the press I think they would say it internally, so it’s not true.
“First of all, it’s the players that have to do it on the pitch so it was important to win, to fight. At the moment it’s more running, fighting and battling for every ball than maybe the best football.”
The problem with that statement is that we have heard it all before, those sentiments were rolled out before Jose Mourinho was given the boot, same as it was with Andre Villas-Boas.
Chelsea are notorious for player power and they have gotten more than one manager fired before and one cannot continue to ignore all the reports of player discontent with the manager and his training methods, as well as man management skills.
Time will tell if Courtois is correct but it really does look like he has given his manager the dreaded vote of confidence.