Search

I owe Conte thanks says West Ham's Ogbonna

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 April 2018

West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna in action during a Premier League match (pic Steven Paston/PA)

West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna in action during a Premier League match (pic Steven Paston/PA)

PA Archive/PA Images

West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna will always be in Antonio Conte’s debt but he does not plan on doing the Chelsea boss any favours on Sunday.

Italy's Angelo Ogbonna (pic John Walton/PA)Italy's Angelo Ogbonna (pic John Walton/PA)

Conte took the centre-half from Torino to Juventus and also called him into the Italy squad for Euro 2016 before moving to Stamford Bridge.

Conte’s future at Chelsea is under intense scrutiny with the Blues, Premier League champions last season, rapidly losing ground in the race for a top-four finish.

But West Ham are looking for a victory to further ease their relegation fears and Ogbonna knows he cannot afford any sympathy for his old manager when the teams meet.

“I am still close to him,” said the 29-year-old. “He was a manager who has been very important for my career.

“He took me to Juventus and then picked me for Italy for the European games.

“I think Chelsea still are a really good team and you have to have a really big squad to compete in this league.

“But to be fair it is not my problem right now. The problem now is for us to get something from the game.”

Ogbonna has been one of the few bright spots in a torrid season for West Ham and, alongside Marko Arnautovic, he will be a frontrunner to win the club’s Hammer of the Year award.

West Ham’s struggles have come as a surprise to the Cassino-born player, although he admits the squad David Moyes is working with is probably too thin.

“We shouldn’t be in this position. It is strange really,” Ogbonna added.

“I think the mistake has been with our squad. Every year a big investor comes, like at Manchester City.

“But if you look at the table it is so tight. You can think you are safe, but you are not.

“You can have just two games and you think you are safe, but then if you lose it becomes different. It is constant, always you have to get the points.”

Ogbonna is again likely to be without his defensive partner James Collins through injury, while midfielder Manuel Lanzini is also a doubt.

Latest East London Sports News

Hammers striker Antonio close to his best but it is still not enough

Matt Harrold scored for Leyton Orient off the bench again on Friday, but is unlikely to start today’s encounter in West Midlands

Yesterday, 14:00

The O’s will do battle with their National League title rivals on Easter Monday in a clash set to be broadcast live on BT Sport

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The popular centre back, who scored his eighth goal of the season on Friday, looked ahead to Monday’s huge game at Solihull Moors

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Hammers led twice through Antonio and Perez but it was not enough to take all three Premier League points

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Essex batsman Varun Chopra had mixed emotions after their Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Middlesex at Chelmsford.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Old wounds came to the surface at the Copper Box on Friday to give an unexpected edge to Great Britain’s Fed Cup play-off against Kazakhstan this weekend.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Middlesex opened their Royal London One-day Cup campaign with an exciting 38-run victory over Essex at Chelmsford.

PROMOTED CONTENT

All Points East will be returning to Victoria Park next month with two weekends of diverse music and a free community festival.

It’s the debate fans across the UK are discussing - so where better to find out more about the iconic burger than behind the scenes in a local McDonald’s restaurant?

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Live

12:30

Hammers striker Antonio close to his best but it is still not enough

View Live

Breaking news

12:30

Hammers striker Antonio close to his best but it is still not enough

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists