Chelsea have had a disastrous start to the new year and Antonio Conte is on the verge of losing his job at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have suffered back to back defeats in the Premier League – conceding 7 goals in both these matches and it seems that their Monday night fixture against West Brom could be the acid test for Antonio Conte and his job at the club. The Italian is very evidently crumbling under pressure and former Man United player Paul Ince seems to know the exact reason behind it.
According to Ince, Conte’s downfall started after his public spat with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Ince feels that the Portuguese had gotten under the skin of the Chelsea boss and Antonio Conte has not been able to recover from the psychological blow.
Ince told PaddyPower: “Ever since Antonio Conte had that public argument with Jose Mourinho, he hasn’t been the same.
“He’s not seemed happy since that little spat and things have been going wrong for Chelsea ever since.
“Everyone at Chelsea seems to have lost their focus, and it’s obvious that Mourinho rattled Conte, exactly as he set out to do.
“Since that war of words, Conte has looked dejected and just exudes negativity.
“As a top class manager, it shouldn’t matter what’s going on in the press, and the problems behind the scenes. You should be positive for the sake of the team.
“It’s naive to think the Chelsea players aren’t impacted by all the speculation and uncertainty around Conte.
“You can see that in their latest performances. They’re distracted, and are probably wondering whether Conte is going to be there for much longer.”
Multiple reports are claiming that if Chelsea fail to pick up all three point against the Baggies on Monday, Conte could very well be shown the door. Reports from Spain claim that Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich has already shortlisted Luis Enrique as this team’s next manager and the former Barcelona boss has started house hunting in London.
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