Conte's road map for Blues

LONDON • Antonio Conte was presented by Chelsea yesterday. Here is what the English Premier League football club's new manager had to say on some key issues:

JOHN TERRY STAYS AS CAPTAIN

He is a captain of this team. He is a great player with a great personality, with great charisma. I like to speak with him because I know that he knows the club, and has the right spirit to play in this club.

DEALING WITH PRESSURE

The pressure, for me, is not important. I was born with pressure. ... I know that this league is very, very difficult because there are six or seven teams who can win the title. For this reason, this situation is very, yeah, exciting for me.

AIMING FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

The fans need to find a team ready to fight until the end, and to compete with the other teams... Chelsea belongs in the Champions League, and we must stay there.

PLAY THREE AT THE BACK?

You have to respect (the players') characteristics. Then you decide... Three at the back, four at the back, it's not important. What's important is the right spirit for the team.

WORK, WORK, WORK

The most important message is that I'm a worker. I like to work. I like to work, and I know only this road to win.

THE GUARDIAN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2016, with the headline 'Conte's road map for Blues'. Print Edition | Subscribe