For a manager involved in brinkmanship, conceding seven goals to Bournemouth and Watford is likely to push him over the brink.
Conte is down-beat throughout his post-match interview.
Was it a sending off?
“Two yellow cards in a few minutes. You have to pay great attention and avoid this situation…especially after the penalty.”
Was it a penalty?
“I don’t know. I didn’t see. I don’t care, we lost the game. We started the game very poor, in a bad way.”
Why were you so poor?
“I don’t know, I don’t know. We try in every moment to play football. Today we were uncomfortable with and without the ball. I don’t know why.”
“For sure it is the fault of the coach because maybe I made a bad decision today, with the starting 11 for instance.”
But looking on the bright side.
Ah, there is no bright sides.
Leadership communication lesson
Conte may effectively mirror the mood of many Chelsea fans, but this looks an end-game of an interview. Any effective leader knows the important of managing and controlling the emotions they share with their audience. There is no discernible reason why Conte would allow depression and resignation to be the dominant emotional range of his post-match interview. Actually, there is one reason and, an announcement from Chelsea Football Club, may shortly make this clear.