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Report: Conte won't be sacked in wake of Chelsea's defeat at Watford

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Chelsea's drubbing at Watford reportedly wasn't enough to cost Antonio Conte his job.

Conte won't be sacked in the wake of Chelsea's 4-1 defeat at Watford, and his position wasn't discussed after the game, according to BBC Sport's Simon Stone. The Italian manager apparently gave the Blues' footballers three days off, and sources at Stamford Bridge point to the club remaining in the Premier League's top four as the reason not to make a change, as well as its presence in the Champions League and FA Cup.

The beating suffered at Watford marked Chelsea's third loss in four games in all competitions, and the first time since 1995 that the Blues were defeated by three goals in consecutive matches. The cold streak includes a 2-1 loss at Arsenal in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and a 3-0 thrashing by AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

"I'm not worried about my job. I work every day and I give 120 percent. Okay? If this is enough, it's okay. Otherwise the club can take a different decision. But I'm not worried," Conte said after Chelsea's defeat at Vicarage Road, per Dominic Fifield from the Guardian

"My conscience is clear. I go to sleep without a problem that maybe, maybe, I could do this or that. I try to do everything. If it's not good, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on. 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. Now it's very difficult to predict turning this situation into a positive, but I can promise to work to change it. But, I repeat, the level of our performance was very poor."

It should be noted that West Brom, scheduled to visit Chelsea on Monday, is known for executing the Blues' managers. Andre Villas-Boas was sacked following the club's 1-0 defeat at The Hawthorns in 2012. Just eight months later, Roberto Di Matteo suffered a similar fate.

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