Thursday, 1 February 2018

Luis Enrique linked with Chelsea as Antonio Conte faces 4 massive crucial games against the Manchester clubs and Barcelona

Antonio Conte's Chelsea future will be sealed by four huge matches over the next six weeks starting with their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona next month.
It has been claimed in his native Spain that ex-Barca boss Luis Enrique could even be installed on the Blues bench BEFORE the first leg with his former club on February 20.
Chelsea insist it is business as usual after backing their head coach in the January transfer window and with the reigning Premier League champions still in three competitions.
But there is increasing irritation in the boardroom about recent poor results — especially Wednesday's 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth, and Conte’s repeated public criticism of club policy.
Last year’s title winners are in fourth place, 18 points adrift of the leaders, and face a crucial run of games, starting with that first encounter with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge followed by away trips to the Manchester giants City and United.

Feb 20 Champions League Barcelona (h)
Feb 25 Premier League Man United (a)
Mar 4 Premier League Man City (a)
Mar 14 Champions League Barcelona (a)

After a home game against Crystal Palace, it's the return with Barca at the Nou Camp.
The fragile peace between the manager and the club will be shattered by more humiliations or outbursts and would bring forward his planned departure at the end of the season.
Amazingly, the last two Premier League-winning managers – Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and Leicester's Claudio Ranieri – have both been sacked before the end of the following campaign.
Conte has told friends he is determined to fight on in his £9million-a-year job despite his frustrations.
But the Italian risked further upsetting the bosses in the wake of the Bournemouth game by claiming it would be “normal” for this squad to finish outside of the Champions League places — Chelsea have spent nearly £250m on nine new players since last summer.
Owner Roman Abramovich sacked then-manager Andre Villas-Boas between last-16 legs six years ago, before caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo went on to win the trophy.

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