Conte believes ref was wrong to send off Terry
Chelsea 4 Peterborough 1
Antonio Conte believes referee Kevin Friend was wrong to send off John Terry in yesterday's FA Cup third-round win over Peterborough and says Chelsea are considering an appeal.
Terry, making his first start since the EFL Cup exit at West Ham in October and first appearance since November, was adjudged to be last man when he fouled Lee Angol and was shown a straight red card by Friend. Conte felt Terry did not make contact with Angol and Branislav Ivanovic was a covering defender.
"I think it wasn't right, this decision," Conte said. "He didn't take the opponent and also the second reason was because behind John there was Ivanovic to cover John. In this case maybe we will do an appeal for this situation."
Terry's time at Stamford Bridge could be nearing an end. He was 36 last month and his contract expires in the summer.
Conte insisted the decision on the future of Terry, who made his first-team debut more than 18 years ago, would be made with the club and was adamant he was happy with the club captain. "He's showing me great commitment when I ask him to play, when he doesn't play," Conte added.
"He's helping me a lot in the changing room. He's showing me to be a good player, but above all a good man."
Conte remained coy on transfers and declined to address speculation of a move for Swansea's Fernando Llorente, with Michy Batshuayi reportedly going in the opposite direction temporarily.
Batshuayi scored his first goal since August as Chelsea took a 3-0 lead prior to Terry's dismissal, netting between strikes from Pedro, who also added the fourth goal, and Willian. The £33million summer signing from Marseille appeared anxious to impress.
Of Belgium striker Batshuayi, Conte said: "Michy played a good game. Now it's important for him to continue in this way and to give me the opportunity to have another solution in our squad."
Peterborough were captained yesterday by former St Patrick's Athletic player Christopher Forrester but it was Tom Nichols who got their consolation goal.