Courtois has 17 months left on his contract and will likely be sold in the summer if he fails to renew and pushes for a move, with the goalkeeper having once again admitted this week that his heart remains in Madrid along with his family.
"When you have this period with such poor results, you have to divide the responsibility between me, the players and the club", said Conte. I think that, maybe, you have to find a bit more balance. Andreas Christensen trained alone at Cobham on Friday, but Chelsea remain hopeful he could be fit.
"Every single player knows very well that we have to try to improve and to improve the results you must play better than we did against Watford".
Jay Rodriguez will start for West Brom despite his recent charge by the FA for racism.
The arrival of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal on transfer deadline day has provided Conte with an able deputy in the Spaniard's absence, but the Chelsea manager admits the club's medical staff are still to get to the root of the problem. While the club insists that it's business as usual and that they have not approached anyone to take up the reins should they axe the Italian, work to identify an interim appointment is well advanced.
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"We have to try to stop this bad run, and to try to get three points [against West Brom]".
The Blues boss is clinging to his job after humiliating defeats to Bournemouth and Watford - and his griping over Roman Abramovich's lack of spending. But to try and forecast is very hard. But, as you know very well because we are talking about football, a lot of times - and I don't agree with this - (the future of) the manager and the coach depends on the results.
Conte has come under fire for Chelsea shipping seven goals in two matches but the players took collective responsibility after returning from three days off. "Against Watford it was totally negative".
But the former Juventus coach accused his players of performing "with fear" and lacking "personality" as they surrendered meekly by conceding three times in the final 10 minutes at Vicarage Road.
"They shouldn't be in too much of a rush to allow their best players to leave".