The Italian, the eighth permanent manager to take over at Chelsea in the Roman Abramovich era, insisted tonight that he was not afraid of the sack, but more important to him was stamping his passion and identity on Stamford Bridge.

Conte described taking over at Chelsea, where he began work on Wednesday after a break after taking Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, as easier than when he took over at Juventus in 2011.

Chelsea have so far this summer signed only Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi for £32 million from Marseille.

Conte is on a three year contract worth £15m – but he does not fear the normally trigger-happy owner Abramovich losing his patience.

“I’m not afraid of the club sacking me,” he said. “It’s not the most important thing.

“That is to work and give an identity to my team, bring my ideas of football, my passion. Then the club must evaluate the work.

“The situation is different to when I arrived at Juventus. Then, they hadn’t won anything for many years.

“Chelsea won the title only 12 months ago. This situation seems easier – I hope.

“People can think that Chelsea are not favourites for the title. That may be right after last season. But we will be ready.

“In the coming days we can reach our target to reinforce the team.

“It is important to get back very soon, to fight for the title, get back into the Champions League – because Chelsea is a great club, and a great club must play in the Champions League.”