Martin Keown makes gloomy prediction about Antonio Conte at Chelsea FC

Lynette Rowe
February 9, 2018

But Conte also accepted some of the blame for the slump in form that saw Chelsea lose 0-3 at home to Bournemouth last week before Monday's loss - the first time it has suffered consecutive defeats by a margin of three goals since 1995.

Enrique has since taken some time away from football, stating he needed a year to "recover", but should he be offered the chance to work in the Premier League he'd be wise to consider it.

Luiz was restored to Chelsea's starting line-up in a league match for the first time since October for the clash at Vicarage Road after he'd been out due to injury and a row with Antonio Conte. Last night's defeat left the Premier League defending Champion in the fourth position, trailing Manchester City with 19 huge points. It could prove to be a pivotal month for Conte and the club.

Conte's Chelsea are back in action against West Brom on Monday.

Though Morata is out for a while, Chelsea should look to use the Spaniard alongside French global Olivier Giroud in a 3-5-2 system or a 4-4-2 system.

Conte has repeatedly voiced his displeasure at the club's recruitment strategy following the departure of key players in Chelsea's title-winning campaign such as Diego Costa and Nemanja Vidic.

According to the report, "a core of individuals" feel that Conte's tough approach hasn't helped them this season, and they aren't pleased with the treatment of popular figures in the squad.

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However, the former midfielder is still well remembered by Chelsea fans, who appreciated his intent to play attacking football. But, again, things may change if the next few results don't go well.

Conte has grown frustrated at Chelsea's seeming refusal to back him over his targets in the transfer market over the past 12 months, while the club's directors have grown exhausted of his public criticism of them over not doing so.

Finally, Spanish media outlet Sport claim that Chelsea have opened negotiations with Luis Enrique. Conte immediately responded by replacing Willian with Cesc Fabregas.

While Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has been suggested as a potential replacement, so has former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.

Given that quote, it would seem that Conte has not lost the dressing room at this point.

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