Chelsea gaffer, Antonio Conte, gave pressmen something to joke about as a phone-call from his wife interrupted his pre-match press conference. The Italian coach is preparing his side for their trip to Burnley, with the boss knowing a loss on Thursday April 19 will likely end their chances of finishing in the top four this season.
And Conte was talking about Marcos Alonso’s availability — the left back has been hit by the FA with a violent conduct charge — when his phone began to ring. It turned out the caller was his wife, with one journalist joking that it was for him to pick up the milk on the way home.
The former Juventus manager who found the interruption funny even suggested that he should be fine for the incident. He said: “It was my wife. Always in the worst moment. I’m sorry. “You can give me a fine! I’m sorry because I’d be annoyed if it happened to one of you.”
Chelsea go into Thursday’s clash with Burnley with their top-four hopes hanging by a thin thread,they trail fourth-placed Tottenham by eight points, even if Spurs have played a game more. On his side’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League, Conte said: “We have to try until the end to reach this target. “If we want to be realistic with five games to go, it’s not simple to reduce the gap, but we must have the will to fight, the desire to take this target. Why not?
“We have an important game against Burnley, a really strong team having a fantastic season, and it won’t be easy to get three points.”
The incident was said to have occurred last Saturday during a Premier League game where Chelsea came back to win the tie 3-2.