Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Chelsea: Why Antonio Conte has lost control at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea: Why Antonio Conte has lost control at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has reacted defiantly to his side's humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford yesterday, saying he is "not worried" about losing his job. Carlo Ancelotti was sacked a year after winning a league and cup double.

Speculation over Conte's future has continued ever since the summer, with reports claiming he was unhappy with the club's transfer business and frustrated he was not consulted more about their new signings.

Chelsea were beaten in the EFL Cup semi-final by Arsenal last month and have only won one of their last five Premier League matches, the champions now sitting a point above fifth-placed Tottenham in the battle for Champions League qualification.

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Sign the contract before you know the extent of the injury". "What they have done this season, Burnley, is unbelievable ". " We should have won the game, it's just the way it is but nobody is complaining about the way we played ", he said.

The three-year deal Conte began in July 2016 was not extended, merely improved. You think that the players have this power? Yes?

And Ince, whose last stint in management came at Blackpool in 2014, believes Conte's actions have been central to Chelsea's drop in form.

Deeney opened the scoring from the penalty spot shortly before half-time and then appeared to make an offensive gesture towards a section of the Vicarage Road crowd.

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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.

Arguably a bigger loss than Costa has been Nemanja Matic, who was sold to Manchester United to accommodate the arrival from Monaco of Tiemoue Bakayoko. Michy Batshuayi was allowed join Borussia Dortmund on loan, after failing to convince his manager at Stamford Bridge. The owner of Chelsea wants a very new-faced coach to lead the players - a coach who doesn't have any relationship with the players.

'Conte has made it clear that he's not happy with the club's transfer dealings this season, ' continued Ince. Other than Luis Enrique, two more names are being linked with Chelsea: Maurizio Saari and Thomas Tuchel. When you start in this way and play in this way you have doubt about the game. The Premier League says it has been in talks for several months about finding a gap in the soccer calendar with the Football Association and English Football League, which organizes the three divisions below the top-flight.

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"Everyone at Chelsea seems to have lost their focus, and it's obvious that Mourinho rattled Conte, exactly as he set out to do".

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