v red "I take this with a smile," Conte said.
"In Italy it's worse. In Italy it started Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, pushing
the manager. I think in England it's better.
"In Italy the stories that managers can be sacked is normal.
"(But) this is very strange because they stopped the bets. I'm trying to find
who put this money (on)."
The club owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich recruited Conte on a
three-year contract that began in July, following his Italy team's Euro 2016
quarter-final penalty shoot-out loss to Germany.
Chelsea have experienced a mixed start to Conte's first season in English
football, suffering painful early defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal.
With 13 points from seven games they stand seventh in the table and five
points behind leaders Manchester City.
Two managers axed by Abramovich visit Stamford Bridge in the next two games:
Claudio Ranieri with champions Leicester on Saturday and Jose Mourinho with
Manchester United on October 23.
"Two great challenges for us," Conte added.
"But in this moment I think we must think of ourselves and not of the other
vapor v red Chelsea have a full week to prepare for the United
match as they are not involved in European competition.
Midfielder N'Golo Kante opted out of the Champions League with Leicester in
moving to the Blues, who finished 10th last season.
Conte added: "I'm pleased N'Golo took the decision to come with us."
Kante is set to face the Foxes for the first time since leaving. He was an
unused substitute in Chelsea's EFL Cup win at Leicester last month.
"N'Golo is an important player for the present and the future for Chelsea,"
"We did a great buy. He brought great will to fight and he's a humble man, a
humble player. I like him.
"I like these type of players that put the team before himself.
"He's brave. He's not tall, but for me he has great qualities. It's good he
puts his quality into the team."
Asked why Kante chose Chelsea, Conte added: "I don't know. You must ask him.
I hope it was after my conversation (with him)."
Kante, who rarely put a foot wrong at Leicester, was left in the wake of
Mesut Ozil as the German scored in Arsenal's 3-0 win last month.
white Conte believes Kante was exposed in trying to help the
"I prefer he made a mistake through generosity than another type of mistake,"
the Italian said.
Chelsea won their most recent game, a 2-0 win at Hull, when Conte deployed a
John Terry is available again following an ankle injury and could come into
the starting XI.
Conte insisted his formation is not important, a change was merely necessary
to stop the concession of goals.
Yet he dropped a hint that he will continue with a back three, with David
Luiz and Gary Cahill likely to continue and Branislav Ivanovic expected to miss
"Now I have four central defenders and I have to take the decision for
three," he added.
"One must go on the bench."
superfly cr7 blue Brazil playmaker Willian is absent on
compassionate leave following the death of his mother. Conte expressed his
sadness for Willian.
Striker Diego Costa is one yellow card away from a suspension and a booking
against Leicester would rule him out of the United clash.
Conte added: "Diego knows this situation. Tomorrow he must fight in the same
way, like in the previous games. I hope he pays attention and doesn't take
another yellow card."
Cesc Fabregas has a minor injury has missed the last two days of training so
is not expected to be in the squad.
superfly black Ivanovic missed training on Friday with a knock and
is expected to be absent. John Obi Mikel is out with a minor problem.