Former Blue defender Celestine Babayaro has stated that he does not see manager Antonio Conte at Chelsea next season.
The West London club has had a torrid season so far and has finished outside the top 4 in the Premier League which makes them ineligible for the prestigious Champions League next campaign. What was furthermore humiliating was a 3-0 loss to Rafael Benitez’ Newcastle United at Saint James’ Park on the final day of the Premier League campaign, which many claim could be the final nail in Antonio Conte and Chelsea’s partnership.
A fifth-place finish after an incredible Premier League title last season is just unacceptable from Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte has come under pressure over the past few months regarding his future at Stamford Bridge. Having taken over the job in the summer of 2016, the Italian is in the firing line and could be sacked after the FA Cup final against Manchester United next week.
And former Chelsea legend Celestine Babayaro believes that Conte will not be the boss at Chelsea for their next Premier League campaign.
Babayaro Says Conte Was The One At Fault-
In a recent talk with Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast the 39-year-old former Chelsea defender openly stated that it’s difficult for him to see Conte as Chelsea boss next season, “I absolutely doubt if Conte is going to be there next season”
The former Nigerian defender has blamed Conte for selling his best players to rival clubs and slated the 48-year-old for bringing in mediocre players to replace them,” If you really, really wanted to win the league how can you be selling your best players to your rivals? You get rid of [Nemanja] Matic, you get rid of [Diego] Costa and I’m telling you, those two players that have left Chelsea…Chelsea would have been better in the position if those two players were still in Chelsea today. You can’t get rid of your best players and get mediocre players in, it doesn’t just work”
Babayaro is quite spot on with why Chelsea have fared so poorly this campaign because of selling their best players to rival clubs but I don’t think that Conte recruited mediocre players. It takes time for new players to adapt to the Premier League and Bakayoko, Morata and a few others haven’t managed to do so.