Antonio Conte admits: Chelsea fans can embarrass me

Antonio Conte thanks Chelsea fans for the support they have given him since his arrival in England

Antonio Conte has admitted that he gets embarrassed when he hears Chelsea fans sing his name but admits the Blues supporters have been “incredible” to him.

The Italian coach is currently getting to grips with life in charge of the west London club following his appointment as the Blues’ new manager last summer.

Conte has earned plenty of praise for the impact he has had at Stamford Bridge, after having guided the west London side to the top of the Premier League table.

Chelsea are the heavy favourites to win the title this season and have built an eight-point lead over second-placed Manchester City.

And Conte admits that he has been thrilled by the reception he has been given by Chelsea fans since his arrival in England.

Speaking to Chelsea Pitch Owners, Conte said: “They are incredible!

“I remember my first game against West Ham they prepared the flag with three colours, the Italy flag, the Tricolore. And then they showed me very soon great enthusiasm, great passion.

“For me it’s fantastic to hear my name during the game, at home or away. Sometimes I’m embarrassed, but it’s fantastic.

“Honestly the first time happen, with Everton, my assistant coach called me to tell me, ‘Mister, the crowd is singing for you.” And then I understood: “Antonio, Antonio, Antonio…’

“Away, [the fans] are incredible. In Liverpool – believe me, it is very difficult to hear the other fans, the opposition fans – and there were 3,000 of our fans, and they pushed a lot our team.”

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Chelsea are preparing to take on Swansea City in their next Premier League game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

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