Chelsea coaches attend England Rugby training

Chelsea have an eight-point lead at the Premier League summit ahead of Saturday's clash with Swansea.

"Now I am sure to win the title we must do 32 points", Conte said. "I'll lose a game and people will be asking 'When's he on the plane home?' That's the reality of sport these days".

While it seems inconceivable that England will be looking for a new coach anytime soon, Jones said top-level sport can be fickle and he used the Leicester example when addressing his players at training on Friday. They were six points behind Inter with five games to play and four adrift of Roma. It was a failure that has scarred Conte and he has brought it up a couple of times over the last few weeks, to warn everyone at Chelsea that this title is not wrapped up until their name is engraved on the trophy.

The two men have some common ground, insofar as they inherited a mess from their predecessors and have since galvanised their respective sides and look likely to be rewarded with major silverware at the end of the season.

Italy, on the other hand, have lost nine Six Nations games on the bounce, last tasting victory two years ago this month, but Conte is not expecting a thrashing from the tournament favourites. "We must be focused and go step by step".

"There is a long time [to go]".

Conte spent time with England rugby union coach Eddie Jones this week and said that he discussed training, motivation and team selection with a "great coach". 13 games is an enormous space of time. "I am sure that if we take 32 points we will win the title".

"But we are in that because we had a very bad season". "Otherwise anything can happen".

"It is important to have a conversation, to compare the different ways we use during the week", Conte revealed.

"It is important for me to compare my work and experience with another sport to gain inspiration and tactical ideas for the future".

"As a coach Antonio is very open to other ideas from other sports and obviously the England rugby team is having a particularly successful spell so it was good to come and see why that might be", Holland said. I remember after this game I must go to the European Championships with the national team.

  • Julie Sanders