Chelsea's slump deepens with loss to Watford

  • Chelsea's slump deepens with loss to Watford

Chelsea's slump deepens with loss to Watford

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.

With the current run of results which Chelsea is now enduring, it has been widely speculated that Italian manager Antonio Conte is a dead-man walking at the Stamford Bridge-based club.

"Watford's Troy Deeney will not face any formal action following his goal celebration during the game against Chelsea on Monday [05/02/18]", read an FA statement.

Already grumbling about his lack of influence over transfers and complaining that Chelsea weren't spending as much as their rivals, Conte was livid when Abramovich sanctioned Nemanja Matic's switch to Manchester United.

Such a deal would leave Chelsea chasing Enrique, who won six trophies with Barcelona, including the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League in 2015.

Hiddink did not fare quite as well on his return at the end of 2015, however.

Indeed, he is the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to get the chop.

Conte did a fantastic job last season, guiding the team to the Premier League title, after they had finished 10th the previous campaign.

Conte again deployed Eden Hazard as Chelsea's main attacking option with new signing Olivier Giroud on the bench.

He is particularly keen on trying his hand in the Premier League and would relish the challenge of going up against old teammate Pep Guardiola, as well as Jose Mourinho. "But I don't think it's beyond the realms of possibility that Chelsea could drop out, and Spurs and Liverpool get in", Joel said.

In contrast with his first season in London, when Chelsea cruised to the title, the Blues are 19 points adrift of runaway leader Manchester City and are one point away from dropping out of the top-4 UEFA Champions League qualifying spots. "I stay here, try to work and put all myself in the work", Conte told Sky Sports.

His enquiry did not go down well with the likes of ex-technical director Michael Emenalo and director Marina Granovskaia, who are reported to have had run ins with Conte since and resulted in Emenalo leaving his post at Stamford Bridge. Poor recruitment has seriously hampered Chelsea this season and that needs to change in the summer.

The hierarchy want to wait until the clean slate of the end of the season, when they can also make a clearer decision on the next man, but have naturally been considering options.

Their expected goals per game is only slightly down, though, falling from 1.49 to 1.44, while goals conceded has only risen marginally - up to 0.88 from 0.87 per game.