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How does Conte compare to other Chelsea managers?

How does Conte compare to other Chelsea managers?

And the numbers do not shed much light on why Chelsea's form is so poor compared to their fine performances throughout last season - apart from the number of goals scored.

Former Chelsea chief Jose Mourinho, now manager at Manchester United, was critical of the Italian's style, during an interview with Oliver Kay of The Times (h/t The Independent) back in September.

Chelsea have failed to reach those heights during the current campaign, however, and have fallen 19 points adrift of leaders Manchester City after losing their last two games.

Conte, despite winning the league title in 2016/17, has often been accused of a more pragmatic approach.

The result ramped up the pressure on under-fire boss Conte, although Chelsea's board are understood to have decided against sacking the Italian for the time being.

Conte's men, having overcome Atletico Madrid in a hard-fought Champions League group stage match little more than 48 hours earlier, lost Alvaro Morata to a hamstring injury after only 35 minutes and eventually slipped to a 1-0 defeat.

Antonio Conte is under huge pressure as the Blues trail leaders Manchester City by 19 points
Antonio Conte is under huge pressure as the Blues trail leaders Manchester City by 19 points

Javi Gracia has described Watford's 4-1 victory over defending Premier League champions Chelsea at Vicarage Road as "unforgettable".

The Telegraph believe coach Robert Moreno, fitness coach Rafel Pol and psychologist Joaquín Valdes, who worked under him at Barca, would join him at Chelsea. Now people are asking: 'If Conte moved would Chelsea improve?'

Luis Enrique will set his sights on a stunning move for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez if he becomes Chelsea manager, according to reports.

The FA said on Twitter: "Watford's Troy Deeney will not face any formal action following his goal celebration during the game against Chelsea on Monday. You never know what's going to happen, especially in England".

Managing Chelsea is one of the biggest jobs in football, but it is also one of the most challenging because of Abramovich's demands and impatience.

Refreshed and ready for a new challenge, however, the 47-year-old has now been linked with the Chelsea job as the Blues appear to edge closer to showing Conte the exit door. The statistics convey that the Italian is nearly certain to leave the club, but also that Chelsea would probably be making a mistake in letting him go.



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