Chelsea Lost, So Conte Must Be Off...Again
I love Antonio Conte, but he`s a very much a 'glass is half empty` kind of guy at the moment. His negativity throughout the season in the interviews he gives is very much reflected in how the team on the field play. His attitude is giving the players the excuse they need to underperform.
Obviously off the back of a poor performance, such as Saturday`s against West Ham, comes the talk of Conte`s imminent departure. Spanish media outlet Don Balon are partial to a bit of speculation and with the help of Google translate we`re able get a handle on what they have had to say.
It`s their, unsubstantiated belief, that Roman Abramovich has already decided Conte`s fate and that the Russian will dismiss the Italian as soon as Chelsea have been knocked out of the Champions League.
This may be lost in translation but the story also states that Abramovich cannot stand Conte. With that in mind Chelsea`s people have been in touch with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique about taking over. Currently in the market for work having left the Catalans in the summer, the Spaniard has supposedly already dismissed Arsenal as a possible next move.
With Chelsea having lost a quarter of their league games so far this season, Conte has ruled his team out of the title race. With Manchester City extending their lead at the top of the Premier League this afternoon, that may well be the case.
Ultimately, it`s something we all realise, but quit the moaning, motivate the players and get on with winning games and stop making excuses. With the draw for the knock-out stage of the Champions League coming up tomorrow, we`ll find out soon it is before he`s on his way.
The draw takes place at 11am GMT in the morning at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The good news for Conte is, if Don Balon are right, is that the second legs of those ties will not be until mid-march.