Antonio Conte reacts during Chelsea's English Premier League loss.
Antonio Conte reacts during Chelsea's English Premier League loss. Tim Ireland

Conte carries on after Chelsea smashed

FOOTBALL: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has deflected concerns about his future at Stamford Bridge as the pressure continues to mount after Watford condemned his men to another heavy defeat.

A 10-man Chelsea were thumped 4-1 by the Hornets, the second thrashing for the Blues in six days, but Conte said he was "not worried” despite increasing calls for him to be sacked.

"I am not worried about my job,” the Italian said. "I work every day and give 100 per cent. I am not worried.

Antonio Conte cuts a dejected figure on the sideline
Antonio Conte cuts a dejected figure on the sideline ANDY RAIN

"For sure, this is a difficult moment. If we want to find excuses, alibis, we can find everything. Tiredness, injuries, but this is not my way to face the situation, to solve the problem.

"The problems, you have to solve with work. You don't win with excuses. In my life, I like to be a winner and I'm a winner.”

Chelsea had already been reduced to 10 men by Tiemoue Bakayoko's first-half red card when Troy Deeney's penalty put Watford in front 1-0 just before the break.

Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring against Watford.
Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring against Watford. WILL OLIVER

Eden Hazard scored a fine equaliser to give the Blues some hope but late goals from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra completed the thrashing - the first time Chelsea have lost consecutive Premier League games by a margin of at least three goals since 1995.

The result marked a welcome first win in six games for Watford who moved six points clear of the relegation zone.

Chelsea, beaten 3-0 at home by Bournemouth on their last outing, remain fourth, just a point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.



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