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Chelsea slump not all my fault, insists under-pressure Conte

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believes blame should be shared for the dramatic slump that has the Italian fighting for his job as West visit the English champions tomorrow.

A 4-1 thrashing at Watford on Monday followed an embarrassing 3-0 loss to Bournemouth in Chelsea's last home game to leave the blues in serious risk of failing to qualify for next season's

has repeatedly complained this season about his lack of input into the club's recruitment policy as tensions have risen with the Chelsea hierarchy.

But the former Juventus accused his players of performing "with fear" and lacking "personality" as they surrendered meekly by conceding three times in the final 10 minutes at


"When you have this period with such poor results, you have to divide the responsibility between me, the players and the club," said

"As you know very well, because we are talking about football, a lot of times - I don't agree with this - the depends on the results.

"For this reason, we have to pay great attention."

The next few weeks will be decisive in Chelsea's season.

West Brom's visit is followed by an 5th round tie against Hull City before a trio of hugely demanding fixtures as travel to in the last 16 of the before Chelsea visit Manchester United and Manchester City in back-to-back games.

If Conte he fails to secure a response against the Baggies on Monday, he could join the long list of Chelsea managers sacked mid-season under Roman Abramovich.

"We realise it's a difficult task when you see the fixtures we have coming up, hence why I say it will probably define our season," said

"Coming out of the end of February it's important that we're in a good position in these competitions but it's all still there for us to play for."

- Rested and refreshed -

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In a bid to turn the tide, Conte changed his usual practice and gave his squad three days off this week to recharge their batteries.

"I think it's an opportunity that the probably felt we could switch off from for a few days and come back re-energised and re-focused for the job in hand, and I think it will be beneficial," added Cahill.

West also have their troubles. They are last in the and Saturday's result left them five points from safety.

Moreover, forward was charged by the FA on Thursday of using racist language towards Brighton's Gaetan Bong.

Rodriguez vehemently denies the accusation that could see him banned for more than five games and West boss Alan Pardew insisted the striker will still be available for selection until a verdict is reached.

"I've got no problem picking him," said Pardew. "It's a situation which is not ideal for Jay. It's an accusation he denies and as a club we're going to support him.

"Jay is upset about it, he has a good mental capacity to deal with things and hopefully he can concentrate on his and not worry too much -- although it is a worry.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 21:40 IST
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